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Cat escapes hotel seconds before it collapses after fire

This is a short article about cat survival and will get your heart pumping to start the week off right. We’ve all heard cats have nine lives, and this cat is living proof.

Meet Sylvester, who resided at the Towers Hotel in Dauphin, Manitoba until a fire last Thursday morning caused the building to collapse. Take a look at the YouTube video, which captures little Sylvester as he escapes amidst the rubble. The lucky guy appears about 29 seconds into the video.

The video is heart-stopping.

The YouTube video was taken by David Katcsma as Sylvester escaped from the Towers Hotel as it was being demolished on Thursday. The fire had started around 3 a.m. Thursday morning, and what remained of the building was demolished shortly after noon.

Sylvester, who is believed to live with one of the hotel residents, was taken to Dauphin Vet Clinic. Other than a bit of smoke inhalation and being being traumatized from the fire, he’s in good shape. He was reunited with his owner, who apparently was also uninjured. The RCMP has arrested a man in connection with the fire.

There have been several stories of cats surviving fires to make the news recently. It’s especially nice to see such a well made video documenting that escape.


See Sylvester cartoon cat.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • A "Ripleys believe it or not".No doubt the proverb ,"A cat has 9 lives".Sylvester has become a overnight celebrity cat for surviving this catastrophe.

      • Michael, it reminds me of my own near shave with death in Talumben in Bali. I was doing a "Open water Scuba Course' at Tulamben in Bali with "Dive Concepts" resort. On the first day of the first ever "SCUBA DIVE" i nearly drowned. I was told to do a underwater drill of removing my "Breathing Mouthpiece" while under water and reinserting it again. I removed the mouthpiece but couldn't fit it back and was breathing in salt water. Was about to press the "Buoyancy Chamber" inflation button to rise up mto surface immediately when the dive instructor forced the mouthpiece into my mouth and luckily air started coming instead of salt water. The difference between "Life & Death or serious hospitalization" was a few seconds. I own 2 cats and must have used some of their "Cat lives". It was a miraculous escape from a near drowning experience.The way this cat "SYLVESTER" came out from the collapsing rubble reminded me of the manner in which the breathing mouthpiece stuck to my mouth in the last second before calamity.

        • A nice but unnerving comparison. It can all happen so fast. We are sometimes a split second from death and it can happen quite unexpectedly and casually. Life changing events can happen at anytime.

      • Our cat Spot fell down a well and it took 2 days of searching to find and rescue him. After than we could never put him in a carrier to go to the vet. Confinement traumatized him and I'd have to carry him in. He'd lay on the front seat on the drive and was a good boy.

    • OMG you can see him fall with the front of the Hotel!! My god he was so so lucky!! I'm delighted he was reunited with his owner happy endings are the best :)

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