Heroic firefighters rescue cat from Brownsville house fire

Firefighters rescued a feline from a Brownsville house fire Thursday afternoon. The cat, found unconscious and covered in soot, showed signs of life again after first responders administered CPR on the scene.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A cat is onto its next of nine lives after being rescued from a house fire in Brownsville on Thursday.

Firefighters saved the feline while working to put out a fire in a private dwelling at 612 Chester St., near Hegeman Avenue.

Tower Ladder 170 responded to the blaze just after 1 p.m. on April 25 and discovered the cat while searching a smoke-filled apartment on the building’s second floor. The family’s furry feline was unconscious and covered in soot and ash.

Firefighters Jose Cordero from Engine Company 257 performs CPR on the cat.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell
Firefighter Robert Kukulski handles the feline with care.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Firefighters Jose Cordero from Engine Company 257 began CPR on the feline and administered oxygen, after which the cat let out a meow. Onlookers cheered the firefighter’s efforts.

Units used two hose lines to knock down the main body of the fire, which was deemed under control at 1:45 p.m. There were no reported injuries or trapped civilians.

Firefighter Robert Kukulski passes the rescued cat back into the arms of a loving family member.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell
Firefighters work to knock down the blaze Thursday afternoon.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The FDNY Fire Marshal’s office will determine the cause and origin of the fire.