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Pet cat is injured in kitchen fire in N. Huntingdon

| Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 4:46 a.m.
Michael DiVittorio | Daily News
Circleville volunteer firefighters get some fresh air after responding to a fire at 1319 Samantha Way in North Huntingdon Township on Monday afternoon.
Michael DiVittorio | Daily News
Firefighters and EMS personnel from North Huntingdon Township, Irwin and North Irwin responded to a fire at 1319 Samantha Way in the township on Monday afternoon.

North Huntingdon Township police and firefighters are investigating a housefire that injured a cat at 1319 Samantha Way.

Firefighters and EMS personnel from the North Irwin, Irwin and the township responded to the call on Monday at 1:08 p.m.

The fire was contained to the home's kitchen area.

“It was a very quick lockdown by the first entry crew,” Circleville assistant fire Chief Bill Sombo said.

The house sustained heavy smoke and heat damage throughout. None of its occupants was in the residence at the time, Sombo said.

Homeowner Angela Moffatt said a neighbor called to tell her the house was on fire, and then called 911.

Moffatt said her 14-year-old Khayman cat was inside the house and was taken to a veterinarian by Moffatt's sister.

Sombo said firefighters removed the cat from the house, Irwin EMS administered oxygen.

Moffatt said she was informed that the pet likely has a collapsed left lung, which may be life-threatening.

No other injuries were reported.

Emergency responders began clearing the area around 2:30 p.m.

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-664-9161 ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.