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Firefighters used specialist oxygen therapy equipment to revive a cat that got caught up in a house fire in Brighstone this morning (Tuesday).

As previously reported by Island Echo, 2 appliances from Newport and Freshwater were mobilised to an address off Upper Lane at around 10:30. The alarm was raised when a neighbour spotted smoke issuing from a property.

Crews used breathing apparatus to enter the building and extinguish the fire, which had developed in the kitchen. Whilst conducting a search, firefighters located a black and white cat on the first floor. It was suffering from the affects of smoke inhalation.

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Things didn’t look great for the feline, but Newport’s appliance was carrying a special oxygen mask designed for animals. The equipment was purchased by the organisation ‘Smokey Paws’ back in 2015 thanks to a donation from national pet care company Animals at Home.

The specialist masks are designed to fit the mouths of animals from large dogs down to guinea pigs. Until the equipment was introduced 3 years ago, firefighters would use a human face mask to provide oxygen therapy.

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