Thursday, July 12, 2007

Animal Oxygen Masks

A cat is rescued from a fire in Michigan and firefighters said special oxygen masks are being credited. Fire Chief Les Powell told The Ann Arbor News that firefighters were called to a home around 9:30 p.m. Sunday and discovered a garage and two cars engulfed in flames. The family escaped without injury, but their cat was left inside the home. Firefighters used the oxygen mask on the cat and saved its life.

"The thing with animals, they're on the floor, and that's the best place to be because it's where the air still is," Powell told The Ann Arbor News. "But it was hot in there, and oxygen helps a lot."

The masks were donated by Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue. Marcy LaFramboise, vice president and co-owner of FMAR, said the masks each cost $53. The group has provided oxygen masks to the Van Buren Township Fire Department and has masks ready to donate to the Belleville Fire Department.