EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSSPRING HILL FIRE
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Firefighters Rescue Kittens From Burning Home
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Oct. 22, 2012 2:43 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 22, 2012 10:17 PM EDT
Spring Hill , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A Kanawha County family is left homeless after a fire tore through their Spring Hill home, but there's a silver lining thanks to a brave firefighter.
"As soon as they told me there was animals I went right back in," explains Jefferson Volunteer Firefighter Bill Pleau.
Pleau's call for help meant rescuing a complete stranger's kittens. It was a job he didn't hesitate to do.
"It's different than a human, but it's still living and breathing and that's the important thing," he says.
Firefighters battled thick smoke and flames coming from the back of the home on Myrtle Tree Road, Monday afternoon. The homeowners were out running errands when they returned to their house on fire.
"It really makes me feel great the none of us was there, and you know, that I thank the Lord for the fireman and everything that helped us out and thank god we were all out," said Heather Tyler who lives at the home with her elderly father.
Six kittens now get a second shot at life. Paramedics even resuscitated one of the kittens, Muffin, on scene. When Pleau found Muffin in the living room of the room, he was lifeless, but now Pleau says he taking the kitten home to keep.
"People call us crazy but we're firemen, we don't care if it's animals or humans, we save them. And if they tell us they're in there, we'll get them out if we can. I saved an animal," he said.
Investigators are still working to determine a cause for the fire. The house is considered a total loss.
The homeowners are working to find all of the rescued kittens homes.
Firefighters were at the scene of a fire Monday afternoon on Myrtle Tree Road near Spring Hill where a home sustained heavy smoke damage.
The fire was extinguished. No one was in the residence when the blaze broke out about 2:30 p.m.
Eyewitness News has a crew at the scene.
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