Home Lost in Fire; Kitten Rescued
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JASPER, IN The Jasper Fire Department received an emergency call from Mr. and Mrs. Gary Day of 1364 East Thirty-fifth Street at 4:23 Sunday afternoon. Firefighters immediately responded, and—only eleven minutes after the phone call—three rescue vehicles and twelve firefighters arrived on the scene.

When they arrived at the Day home, the firefighters were met with a troubling dilemma. First, the fire. It seemed as though a small electrical fire had broken out in the back of the garage, which Mr. Day used as his workshop. The fire was quickly spreading toward the house.

But then one of the firefighters looked up into the large maple tree in the front yard. In one of the higher branches, the Days’ small, gray tabby kitten, Muffy, was trapped. The persistent mewing and whimpering of the poor, defenseless feline was heartbreaking. And the firefighters were then faced with a significant decision: should they put out the fire or save the kitten?

Acting on his best judgment, Fire Chief Randall Van Houten decided to choose the well-being of a living creature over preservation of material possessions. Thus he and his crew proceeded to rescue Muffy. And since only ten firefighters were needed to free Muffy from her terrifying perch, the remaining two firefighters were placed in charge of attempting to extinguish the fire in Mr. Day’s workshop.

Following a lengthy ordeal, Chief Van Houten himself was Muffy’s rescuer. She was brought to safety and provided with some nice kitty treats.

Meanwhile, the two remaining firefighters failed to snuff out the fire in the Days’ garage. The fire spread to the home, eventually causing the entire home to burn to the ground. The firefighters did, however, successfully prevent the fire from spreading to neighboring homes.

Though they grieved the loss of their home, the Days spent that night at Mr. Day’s parents’ home, overjoyed that little Muffy’s life had been spared—and that, after suffering this great tribulation, the Days were still one big, happy family.

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