RENO — A family cat is alive today because of the efforts of Reno firefighters.
A fire at 715 Yori Ave. that started Sunday night when an electric water cooler shorted out was contained to the kitchen area. The human residents were not home but crews found found smoke pouring from the garage and a pet cat that was not breathing.
Firefighters were able to quickly knock down and contain the fire.
“Firefighters did rescue the family cat that was not breathing,” Battalion Chief Bob Knoll said in a press release. “Crews began resuscitation and were able to revive the pet.”
The Reno Fire Department Chaplain and the American Red Cross provided assistance with shelter for the residents.
Area fire crews carry oxygen masks specially designed to help a variety of animals that might get caught in a fire — from dogs and cats to birds.