A cat and some kittens were rescued from a Felida house fire Wednesday afternoon, although several others perished.
The fire broke out on the second floor of a two-story home on Northwest 34th Avenue about 4:15 p.m. The homeowner, who was home at the time, spotted the fire and called the fire department, then evacuated the house.
Firefighters from Clark County Fire District 6 and the Vancouver Fire Department responded and were able to knock down the fire in about 12 minutes, according to a news release and emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. As the smoke cleared, firefighters rescued two cats and a litter of kittens.
The pets were brought outside, where firefighters rendered first aid and administered oxygen. One of the adult cats was revived, along with several of the kittens, according to firefighters.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The American Red Cross was called to assist the homeowner to find temporary lodging for the family and the felines.