Family of five loses south side home in fire, crews save family cat

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 5, 2015) – A family of five is without a home after their south side house was destroyed in a fire.

Ranee Swift told firefighters that she, her boyfriend Jeff Frank, and her 2 year old grandchild were outside working in the yard when they began to smell smoke.

She thought the smoke was coming from the basement. When she ran inside to check it out, the smoke was too thick and she called 911.

Upon arrival, firefighters found fire showing from two sides of the house, and they began an offensive attack.

Within minutes the front of the house flashed and the fire grew large enough to be seen for several blocks.

Humidity and high heat made work difficult for firefighters and other public safety personnel. It took crews 30 minutes to get the fire under control.

A cat named Sissy Mouse (age 15) was rescued from the fire by firefighters. She was limp and barely breathing when crews found her due to smoke inhalation. Personnel from IEMS, IMPD and IFD quickly sprang into action and working together, treated the cat with oxygen therapy utilizing a “Project Breathe Mask.”

Within 15 minutes Sissy Mouse was breathing remarkably better and moving around on the cot. Another cat, Dakota, is still unaccounted for.