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SAN MATEO, CA — A cat may have consigned three of its lives this week, after effectively saving a trio of people from a burning building.
Yes, you read that right. A furry feline is being credited with saving a duo from a two-alarm fire in the Bay Area, according to fire officials.
It all started around 4:47 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at 3256 Los Prados St., San Mateo Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Novelli said. A caller reported that an attached garage was on fire, but when firefighters arrived they found the garage engulfed in flames and a home on the right also on fire, along with power lines draped across the street.
That person also said they had only discovered the flames thanks to the persistence of their cat.
Novelli said according to the owner's boyfriend, the cat — clad in a collar with bells — woke him up by meowing and making a lot of noise.
"The cat was actually the saving grace," Novelli said. "We were thankful that the family pet alerted the occupants.
The man initially thought someone was trying to break into the home, but soon discovered otherwise.
The people got outside immediately, but the cat did not. Firefighters put out the fire to the adjacent home and then started on the garage where the fire apparently started. The fire extended from the garage to the attic of the home, so firefighters went inside to rescue anyone and found the cat, Novelli said.
The cat was rescued and the owner took it to an emergency veterinarian clinic as firefighters set to put out the fire in the attic.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and fire officials estimate a total loss of $475,000 in the incident.
Crews from San Mateo, Foster City, Belmont and CalFire helped contribute to the firefighting efforts.
By Renee Schiavone (Patch Staff) - November 28, 2016