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Almost lost Trace Tumblebrutus

post #1 of 12
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I was at work last night when my neighbor called, telling me that there was smoke coming from the vents on my house and that she had already called the fire department. She was heading over there to meet them, because she has a key to the back door. We have a key to each others house because when one of us is away, the other looks in on the critters.

When I got home, the house will still standing, but smoke was everywhere. The cats had all come out the cat door and were in the outdoor enclosure, except for Trace. My neighbor, bless her heart, had already gotten the pet carriers out of the shed and was in the enclosure rounding everyone up. Thats when we noticed that Trace wasn't there....

At the exact moment I was going to tell one of the firemen/women (fire persons???) that one of the cats was in the house, one of them walked out carrying Trace. He'd been hiding in the back bathroom, probably because of all the noise that the smoke detectors was making.

His eyes were wide as saucers, and his breathing was almost a rasp. We took him to the neighbors house and called an emergency vet. While we were on the phone, his breathing got better, then a little better,....finally he was breathing pretty much normal, but was still scared to death. The vet told us to keep an eye on him and bring him right in if it seemed to get worse..and if it didn't, still get an appointment for chest x-rays ASAP.

Trace is fine now, but he probably couldn't have lasted too much longer, the smoke was that nasty ozone stuff from burning electric wires and relays and stuff. The central AC unit had a relay either short out or get stuck, whichever it was, it got superheated and started to burn. We were all just lucky that my neighbor was out and about when she was.

I just finished putting in 2 big window unit AC's. I'm not sure if I'll even get that one fixed, I don't think I trust it anymore.


post #2 of 12
Oh my gosh - how scary! I'm so glad your neighbor did what she did, and that the fire-person found Trace when they did.
post #3 of 12
You were extremely lucky that you have such an alert neighbor and didn't loose your home and everything you own including all your cats!!!!!

A couple of weeks ago a house in my town caught on fire. This fire started in the garage, and by the time the fire department arrived the entire house was going up in flames and all the closest houses were in serious danger. The house in my town burned to the ground, and the worst part of this is that it was owned by one of the FIREMEN!!!!!
post #4 of 12
Oh my! I'm glad that you have a wonderful neighbor. Do you have much damage to your house?
post #5 of 12
It's so great that you have such a trusted neighbor who kept her head on straight during the emergency! I'm so glad everyone got out okay, and that Trace is doing fine!
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by lookingglass
Oh my! I'm glad that you have a wonderful neighbor. Do you have much damage to your house?
Believe it or not, there isn't that much visible smoke damage, just on the vents and around the AC's enclosure. But the whole house smells like smoke.

Oh wow, did you know that they make window AC's now at 15,000 BTU, that use regular plain old 115 volt household power, with REMOTE CONTROLS? They are awesome. I don't think I'll even bother fixing that antique central unit, I have 2 of these new ones and they seem to be doing me fine. Plus I can remote control them while sitting on the couch under a pile of cats
post #7 of 12
Oh no, how scary! So glad you have such a caring neighbor to look after your house and your critters~thats great! And the fire person that found Trace for you, that was super!! So glad everyone was fine and Trace recovered well.
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Originally Posted by clixpix
It's so great that you have such a trusted neighbor who kept her head on straight during the emergency! I'm so glad everyone got out okay, and that Trace is doing fine!
Yeah - that is just wonderful.

I'm so glad that things turned out as well as they did for you and Trace!
post #9 of 12
Oh my goodness, I am so releived that everyone was fine..Whew. That must have been so scary for you and the kits.
post #10 of 12
I am so glad things turned out ok, and Trace was found alive. Bless your neighbor for being alert and beginning the rescue of your cats.
post #11 of 12
Wow what a close call.I'm glad to hear things are ok. Don't even think about using that old Ac unit again throw it!
post #12 of 12
That's so wonderful to have a neighbour like her! Thank goodness Trace is still a part of the tribe.
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