PA Woman Rescued from Fire That Kills 17 Pets

A woman was rescued from a house fire Monday in Reading, Pennsylvania, that killed 17 of her pets.

A neighbor attempted to rescue the woman from the burning three-story row home but was not successful, according to the Reading Eagle ( The neighbor then alerted others to the fire, which occurred about 1:30 a.m., with flames in the first-floor kitchen and dining room.

Firefighters found the female victim unconscious on the second floor and carried her out. She was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown with apparent smoke inhalation and was in critical condition Monday.

“Within 10 minutes of arriving they had her in the back of the ambulance,” acting Fire Chief Gary Mogel said. “Everything worked like clockwork, and as a result, she’s alive.”

Fourteen cats, two large birds and a dog died inside the home, he said, but firefighters saved another six cats using the pet oxygen masks the rescue truck recently obtained, Mogel said.

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