Animal lovers band together to give cat a full nine lives after north Tulsa fire

By: Lynn Casey

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TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

  • Fuego the cat was rescued from a Tulsa house fire.
  • Tulsa PAWS members are banding together to fund his recovery.
  • Officials say his recovery is going well.
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Local animal lovers are banding together to help save a cat rescued from a north Tulsa fire.

Officials say three cats and a dog died in the fire near North Xenophon Avenue and West Seminole Street Sunday night.

Firefighters say that when they pulled Fuego the cat out of the fire, he wasn’t breathing either.

They put an oxygen mask on Fuego and revived him.

A neighbor reached out through the "Tulsa PAWS" Facebook group when crews took Fuego to an emergency veterinarian where he could receive care.

Within just a few hours, PAWS members on Facebook donated enough money to ensure that Fuego would receive the initial emergency treatment he needed.


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Fuego suffered severe smoke inhalation, burns on the pads of his feet and a burn to his cornea.

He is recovering well.

PAWS is still collecting money needed to pay for the cat’s ongoing care.

The owners will have an opportunity to take over his medical care if they want to continue to own Fuego, but if not, PAWS will find the cat a home.

All of the human residents who lived in the home were able to make it out of the home.

Investigators have not been able to determine what caused the fire, but they say a fire burned at the same home within the last few years.

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