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Conn. firefighters adopt kitten rescued from blaze

East Haddam EMTs and firefighters treated the kitten, dubbed Soot, with pet CPR and oxygen

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East Haddam, Conn., firefighters adopted a kitten after firefighters and EMTs performed pet CPR after finding him in a fire.

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By Josh LaBella, Staff Writer
The Middletown Press, Conn.

EAST HADDAM, Conn. — The town’s fire department has a new member of the family after members adopted a kitten they rescued during a fire on North Moodus Road on Thursday, officials say.

In a post on Facebook, East Haddam Fire Chief Brian Auld said firefighters Eric Walker and Michelle Forbes adopted the kitten and named him Soot.

Firefighters and EMTs from the department performed pet CPR and administration of oxygen before rushing the kitten to Piper-Olsen Veterinarian clinic,” he said. “Outstanding job to all!! I’m proud of all of you.”

In a post on Thursday, fire officials said crews were dispatched to North Moodus Road just before 9 a.m. for a report of a structure fire. They said the first arriving unit reported fire and smoke showing from the second floor of the structure.

Officials said fire crews deployed hose lines to attack the fire, adding they received mutual aid from the Colchester , East Hampton and Lyme fire departments.

“A quick, aggressive interior attack of the fire was conducted by interior crews, essentially saving the structure,” they said. “Firefighter Brian Duhaime rescued several animals from the structure. No civilian or fire personnel injuries were reported.”

“Personnel (Volunteer and Career) working collaboratively, extensive training, and great leadership is why this house is still standing and the tiniest of hearts is still beating,” they said.

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