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Cats and dogs rescued from two-alarm fire at townhomes in Tampa

Cat resuscitated by pet mask
Posted at 4:11 PM, Dec 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-11 23:09:28-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Several townhomes in Tampa were badly damaged by fire on Monday.

People called for help around 3:30 p.m. after seeing flames shooting from units at the Brookshire

"Nothing in there was more important than our lives," Devin Geary said. Geary just left her apartment when the fire broke out. We interviewed her as she was holding her 3-month-old son Logan tight against her chest.  

"I was out of the house longer than normal so it was fate to have him out of the house in time," Geary said.  

Tampa Fire Public Information Officer Jason Penny said they rescued several dogs and had to use a pet mask to resuscitate a cat suffering from smoke inhalation.

"It’s the holidays and they lost everything and they have kids," Claudette Wrensford said. "Please, just help my neighbors out I’m begging ya’ll."

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Penny told Action News, at this point, everyone appears to be accounted for and there have been no injuries.

The American Red Cross told us they are helping a total of 8 families, 29 people with food, water, and shelter following this devastating fire.