Firefighters Rescue Cats From Burning Structure

By On March 2, 2014

Burbank Firefighters received a call around 8:45 pm Saturday of a fire in a structure at 129 N. Sparks Street.

Burbank Fire Fighters put on breathing apprentice and safety equipment prior to entering this apartment fire at 129 Sparks Street Saturday evening.  (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Fighters put on breathing apprentice and safety equipment prior to entering this apartment fire at 129 Sparks Street Saturday evening. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Upon arrival they found a ‘granny flat’ that had fire showing from the window and quickly raced to put out the flames.  Upon entering they found two cats and after the rescue of the felines quickly had the flames out by 8:59 pm.

The cats had inhaled some smoke so firefighters did what they could to give the small animals oxygen.  Burbank Police on scene requested that the Animal Shelter send someone to assist but the owner decided to take the cat directly to the animal hospital for further treatment.

Damage from smoke was extensive throughout the small controverted apartments. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson )

Damage from smoke was extensive throughout the small controverted apartments. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson )

Damage to the structure was estimated at $25,000 and the contents were valued at $10,000. The Red Cross was called to help two occupants who were unable to remain in the residences.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Burbank Fire.

Burbank Fire Investigator Captain Nishisaka looks for clues while speaking to the resident to determine a cause of the fire, which remains under investigation. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Investigator Captain Nishisaka looks for clues while speaking to the resident to determine a cause of the fire, which remains under investigation. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Two cats were rescued and treated for smoke inhalation prior to being transported to a Veterinarian. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson )

Two cats were rescued and treated for smoke inhalation prior to being transported to a Veterinarian. ( Photo by Ross A. Benson )