Highland Park Fire Survivors Seek Lost Cat

Family of four escaped devastating fire Oct. 23 but they are still looking for Pumpkin, their cat. They need our help.

Have you seen Pumpkin? The cat remains missing after a fire destroyed its home at 1540 Hawthorne Lane in Highland Park.
Have you seen Pumpkin? The cat remains missing after a fire destroyed its home at 1540 Hawthorne Lane in Highland Park.

When a Highland Park home at 1540 Hawthorne Lane was burned into a total loss Oct. 23, a mother, father and two young children escaped without injury but their black cat, Pumpkin, remains missing.

Katie Schmanski, her husband Matt and their two young children smelled smoke, called 911 and fled immediately, according to Highland Park Fire Chief Pat Tanner. In their haste, they could not gather Pumpkin.

The Schmanskis are communicating Pumpkin’s disappearance in a number of ways. Take a look at the picture of their pet and email me (steve.sadin@patch.com) if you see the cat. We will arrange the reunion.

Later this week Patch will run a story about how thankful the Schmanskis are this season for what they have and their plans to restore their Highland Park home.

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Daniel December 04, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Wonder what could have happened? Your house burns down, you leave without your pet cat and you don't have any idea what happened to the pet. Genius.
Puddinghead December 04, 2013 at 05:54 PM
I've had cats all my life and they have a tendency of disappearing. I'm sorry this cat is missing but it's wiser to get out of the house safely than place yourself in danger looking in all the nooks and crannies where your cat can be hiding.
Moe @ the Buck December 04, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Ouch Daniel! You sound like "Captain Obvious". Well, the rest of us will keep an eye out for your cat, and let us know if anyone locates Daniels compassion<;v) Happy Holidays!(even you Walter White!)
Daniel December 04, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Try the Chinese restaurant on first street. Delicious.


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