Columbus firefighters rescue 18 pets from house fire

Columbus Firefighters say they rescued 18 pets from a house fire Thursday night.

Columbus Fire Department (CFD) Spokesman Capt. Mike Wilson says that firefighters responded to the blaze at about 9 p.m. in the 2100 block IMG_8127of Park Avenue on the city’s east side. He says that firefighters didn’t know if anyone was in the house, so a crew made entry through the front door.

A resident ultimately informed firefighters that everyone made it out of the home, but added that several pets were still inside. Firefighters ultimately found eight kittens, eight adult cats and three dogs. As crews began to remove the pets from the home, firefighters determined one adult cat was deceased and an additional cat was in respiratory distress. Wilson says that two cats received oxygen from rescuers.

Columbus Fire Department Investigator Matt Noblitt has ruled the fire as accidental, caused by overloading of an electrical power-strip. He added that no working smoke alarms were discovered in the home. Damages were estimated at $30,000.