Fire Department Resuscitates Cat After Blaze

Highland Park Fire Department gets cat breathing again, rescues dog during fire on Oak Street. Family was not home when blaze broke out.

Highland Park firefighter attempts to revive cat. Photo by Tim Olk.
Highland Park firefighter attempts to revive cat. Photo by Tim Olk.

Highland Park’s Fire Department got a cat breathing again and rescued a dog though a family will be temporarily displaced after a fire broke out today in the kitchen of a home in the 2700 block of Oak Street.

No one was home when firefighters arrived on the scene to discover flames in the kitchen, according to Deputy Highland Park Fire Chief Dan Pease. “We could see flames in the kitchen area,” he said. “We had to knock out windows to ventilate.”

Three pets were in the house, a dog and two cats. “The dog greeted us at the door so he was all right,” Pease said. One of the cats died but firefighters brought the other one back to life.

“He wasn’t breathing when we found him. We resuscitated him and he started breathing again,” Highland Park Fire Chief Pat Tanner said. “We have dog and cat oxygen masks in all of our vehicles.”

A dozen firefighters from the Deerfield Bannockburn Fire Protection District, the Highwood Fire Department and the Lake Forest Fire Department joined 12 from Highland Park to put out the blaze. Eight fire trucks were used.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated but there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances, according to Pease.

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Shira Gurfinkel January 15, 2014 at 07:12 PM
Love our firefighters!!! They saved this family from even more heartache after such a shocking horrible experience such as a house fire. So sorry for the loss of their 1 cat. But so happy our fabulous firefighters did all they could to save the other two.
forest barbieri January 15, 2014 at 08:26 PM
Cat's should not be cooking when their owners are away. Seriously, most unfortunate for the family and the cat. Glad no humans were involved and that it did not happen during sleeping hours. Fortunate we have equipped the fire department with cat and dog oxygen masks.
Shira Gurfinkel January 16, 2014 at 12:30 AM
Daniel - honestly, this is probably pointless to write to someone who would even write such a comment but do you really think it is kind or appropriate all all to write such a thing that may be seen by the family that has already suffered a huge loss? Have just a little bit of a heart...
Linda Bernardi January 16, 2014 at 06:54 AM
I would like to thank the HPPD, Highland Park Fire Dept, Highwood, Lake Forest that responded to the scene of our home that we grew up in. I can not "thank you" enough. They are were so very kind, understanding and knowledgeable about guiding us through this whole process.And a special "thank you" to the Com Ed guy who saw the smoke and called 911
llwvrt January 16, 2014 at 07:15 AM
The fire department rocks!
Moe @ the Buck January 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Daniel, your a douche. Are you The same guy who made fun with the last fire in HP that left a family homeless and a cat missing? Do you hate cats, families, HPFire, Yummy Bowl, or all four? Do you love fire, and yourself? just wondering.
Moe @ the Buck January 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM
Linda, sorry for your loss. Happy to here you and your family were not in danger. If there is anything you need, come see me @ the Buck!
Moe @ the Buck January 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM
HPFire, You guys are on Fiiiiiirrrrre! been a lot of fires and you guys have done a great job! So much for just heart attacks and fire alarms. Special thanks to the surrounding communities of firefighters as well! Remember boys, never let your meat loaf and............make a difference out there!
Daniel January 16, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Moe: I hate cats but go to Yummy bowl all the time. Ex wife had one that attacked me all the time. Would leap from a dresser in the middle of the night. A sign of things to come.
Vicky Kujawa January 16, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Daniel, not all cats are mean. I had two that were dogs trapped in cats bodies lol! I am glad to hear that the HP Fire Department values ALL life.
Daniel January 16, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Just the ones I know were mean. Actually had one that was like yours, dog like when I was a kid.
Juliet Abeille January 16, 2014 at 10:08 PM
I also need to leave a note of the BIGGEST THANK YOUS, hugs and infinite gratitude to the incredible fire fighters being the most incredible group of people I have met. Our hearts are broken for the loss of our beloved Kitty Boo. She was a sweet snuggly fluffy girl. Her sister who was kindly saved (thank you doesn't seem like enough) is finally getting her bearings. She is still skittish and keeps calling for her big sis. Thank you to the Police Dept and the ComEd man for making the call. I will be forever grateful. And so many hugs and thank yous to our awesome neighbors for their quick thinking, support and kindness. I am so lucky to have been graced by all of you. And we are eternally grateful!
Mary Beth January 26, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Kudos to these brave firefighters. So sorry for this family's devastating loss which could have been so much worse. And Daniel, you are a mean-spirited, vile individual. Weren't you taught that if you don't have something kind to say, then say nothing at all?


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