Fire victim thankful
Posted: Saturday, February 25, 2012 1:44 pm
The Messenger, February 24, 2012
A Union City woman whose home burned Thursday is grateful to the firefighters she says went above and beyond in saving two of her pets.
The fire broke out shortly after 8 a.m. at Cathy Reynolds’ home at 806 North Ury St., where she lived in the south side of the duplex structure. The north side was being rented by Ron Irby, who was not home at the time, according to the Union City Fire Department.
The structure was already heavily involved by fire when firefighters arrived and they worked amid heavy smoke for several minutes to bring the blaze under control.
Firefighters found Ms. Reynolds’ cat quickly after they arrived and she said firefighter Trena Edgin “literally gave my cat mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.” Union City Fire Chief Kelly Edmison said Ms. Edgin, who was pictured tending to the cat in Thursday’s edition of The Messenger, gave the cat mouth-to-mouth “for a second” while he was hooking up oxygen.
A large puppy owned by Ms. Reynolds was found much later as firefighters were still working at the scene. Amazingly, Edmison said the puppy was still alive and apparently had hidden behind a mattress during the fire.
Ms. Reynolds said both the cat and the dog were taken to a local veterinary clinic for treatment and she was supposed to pick them up today.
“Those are my babies,” she said of her pets. “The firefighters were amazing in what they did. Everyone just rallied around me. They were the nicest and most courteous people.”
Edmison said the cause of the fire was still undetermined today. He said the main fire was confined mostly to the living room of Ms. Reynolds’ residence, which also sustained heavy heat, smoke and water damage. The fire never went through the roof. Irby’s residence had some ceiling and water damage, but no fire.
“(Firefighters) were able to get in there and they made a good stop,” Edmison said.
The Martin Fire Department and a few firefighters from Rives Volunteer Fire Department were also at the scene to assist and Edmison said he appreciated their help.
No one was injured in the fire.