Cat Saves Home From Fire
by Elisa Black-Taylor
Good morning readers. I just read an enlightening cat story about a cat named Pepper and I want to share it with the readers here at pictures-of-cats.org. Pepper, a 5-year old feline resident of Tortes, Devon in the U.K. saved his home from fire.
As it turns out, Pepper is quite the escape artist. His owner, Sharon White, says he has become very independent over the past several months. Even though she’s had her cat for over 4 years, he only recently learned to open the downstairs window. This amazing feat is accomplished by Pepper turning the latch 90 degrees with his paws.
Pepper has been known to disappear for several days at a time. He always returns home and comes back in the same window.
It was fortunate for Sharon that her cat was on “fire watch” around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Sharon had put some food in her microwave and turned it on for ten minutes and left the house to go shopping. Something went wrong and the microwave caught on fire. It was at this point Pepper went over to his window and opened it, allowing the smoke to escape. This, in turn, alerted the neighbors to a problem and one of them called the fire department.
Sharon is very thankful to her cat because the officials have already told her without his quick thinking the fire could have done much more that the smoke damage it left behind. As far as she’s concerned, Pepper saved her home from fire.
The phone call about her burning house came to her about two hours after she left. Her sister-in-law, who is also her neighbor, called her while she was out shopping and told her she needed to come home. Sharon had originally left her purse at home, but had decided not to go back and get it. She returned to a smoke damaged kitchen and is fortunate to have a house at all.
I had a cat once who I considered a hero. He alerted my family to a poisonous snake as we sat in the yard swinging. This cat put himself between the snake and my family until my husband killed the snake. You can bet he got extra treats for his bravery. Um…my cat, not my husband. HE was terrified!
As I hope Pepper was rewarded. He’s a very special cat.
I’d like to ask the readers here whether any of you have a hero cat. Has your cat ever done anything out of the ordinary and gone above and beyond the call of duty as a member of your family? Please share a few paragraphs here.
The link below has the entire story as it appeared in the U.K. news, along with photographs of Pepper. Enjoy.