Two cats dead in early morning house fire

Justin Crann
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No human cost, but costly damages estimated

Two Moose Jaw cats have died and a third is receiving veterinary care following an early morning house fire.

A house on the 1100 block of First Avenue Northeast is visibly damaged by fire. Moose Jaw Police and Fire responded to an early morning blaze on the block in which there were no human losses. However, two cats died as a result of the fire, and damage to the house was extensive.

The fire, which occurred at a house on the 1100 block of First Avenue Northeast, didn't have any human casualties but caused an estimated $150,000 in property damage.

According to Moose Jaw Fire Chief Rod Montgomery, emergency services personnel were on scene for three hours.

The Moose Jaw Humane Society was contacted to receive the cats.

"One of our on-call girls went over there early this morning and took two cats. One of them didn't make it," said Dana Haukaas, an administrative assistant with the MJHS. "The other cat is at one of the veterinary clinics, being treated. Mostly he is receiving oxygen. He was burned, but not very badly.

"We're hoping he will pull through without any complications," she added.

Though it is still to early to determine what will be done with the cat if he makes a recovery, Haukaas said the humane society "will certainly do (its) best to help him out."

Montgomery said that, though the fire is sad, he was thankful there was no human loss in the blaze.

"I'm glad to hear everybody got out okay and no firefighters or police were injured," he said.

The cause of the fire, Montgomery said, remains under investigation.

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Organizations: Moose Jaw Humane Society

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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