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Firefighters rescue kittens from Duncan home fire

Firefighters rescue kittens from Duncan home fire
Firefighters rescue kittens from Duncan home fire

Firefighters were able to rescue five day-old kittens from the building, who required medical attention

Firefighters rescued a litter of kittens from a house fire in Duncan on Tuesday, July 9.

The Duncan Fire Department responded to a fire in the 2900 block of Cliffs Road around 11:40 a.m.

A total of four trucks and 14 firefighters from both the city of Duncan and North Cowichan’s South End were on hand to battle the flames on one of the hottest days of the summer. Duncan Fire Chief Landis Carmichael said the fire was out in about an hour.

No residents or firefighters were injured, but Carmichael said several pets died in the fire.

However, the fire brigade was able to rescue five mayflies from the building.

“The firefighters did a tremendous job of providing medical care to the kittens before they could be transported by animal control and ultimately providing permanent medical care,” Carmichael said.

Carmichael said that while the structure was saved, there was extensive damage to the interior of the building, making it uninhabitable at this time. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the RCMP.

“The firefighting effort was especially challenging and taxing for firefighters considering it was the hottest day of the year,” Carmichael said. “During this incident, firefighters were also called to multiple small brush fires, which are often caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. This strains resources and can delay firefighters from responding to other emergencies in the community. As a reminder, do not dispose of smoking materials in brush, dry garden beds, or sidewalks with flammable materials such as bark mulch. Use appropriate means to extinguish and dispose of these items, such as an ashtray, or submerge them in water.”