West Lebanon firefighters give cats oxygen after smokey apartment fireUnion Leader Staff
July 05. 2018 8:38PM
WEST LEBANON — Firefighters rescued several cats from an apartment fire Wednesday night, administering oxygen to two of them.
An automatic alarm system sounded about 10 p.m. at 4 Butternut Lane and callers reported a fire on the second floor. At the scene, Lt. Zachary Bryan reported heavy smoke was visible and that numerous occupants of the building had been evacuated.
“During the search, several cats were located and two were given oxygen by fire personnel and transported to SAVES animal hospital by a bystander,” fire officials said.
In addition to the apartment where the fire started, the apartment above was also damaged by fire and several others were damaged by smoke, the officials said.
The fire was under control in about a half hour and there were no injuries.
Three apartments were deemed unsafe to occupy, displacing five adults and four children. They are being assisted by the American Red Cross with temporary housing, fire officials said.
The fire is under investigation but is not considered suspicious.