SAN MATEO (KRON) — A cat is being hailed a hero after saving the lives of two people from a house fire in San Mateo Thursday morning, according to fire officials.
A caller reported a garage fire at 3256 Los Prados St. at around at 4:47 a.m., authorities said.
When firefighters arrived they found the garage engulfed in flames and a home on the right was also on fire.
The firefighters put out the house fire and started working on the garage fire. The fire extended from the garage to the attic of the home, so firefighters went inside the attic to see if anyone need to be rescued and that’s when they found the cat.
The cat was rescued and the owner took it to an emergency veterinarian clinic as firefighters continued to battle the attic fire.
According to the owner’s boyfriend, the cat woke him up by meowing and making a lot of noise. The cat had bells on its neck.
The man initially thought someone was trying to break into the home.
“The cat was actually the saving grace,” San Mateo Fire Department Battalion Chief Joe Novelli said.
He did not know late this morning what the cat’s condition was, but it was moving and breathing when firefighters brought it outside.
The fire did an estimated $400,000 in damage to the home.
Investigators do not suspect arson, but they won’t rule it out until an investigation is complete.
— San Mateo FD (@SanMateoFD) November 24, 2016