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April 26, 2015 - 3:22pm

Cat rescued, State Street family displaced by fire

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, fire.

As firefighters finished extinguishing a fire that started in a back room on the second floor of the home at 122 State St., Adrian's biggest worry was for the safety of his cat, Prince Charming.

So named because he was the lone kitten born to his mother. He's a special cat.

Adrian's mother, Carla Laird, stood at the threshold of their house and called. She had managed to get the family's two dogs and another cat out once she became aware of the fire, but Prince had jumped from her arms and hid under the couch and wasn't coming out. 

Two firefighters were dispatched to try and find Prince Charming and minutes later they emerged with him in a cat carrier.

There were hugs all around, including from Adrian's uncle, Chris (top photo).

No people were hurt, no animals were lost in the fire of still undetermined origin. Carla and Adrian were getting ready to leave the house when the fire started. Carla's daughter was not home at the time.

The house was damaged enough that the Red Cross has been called to assist the family and their pets.

For more on the fire, read our initial report.

Debra Nanni
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I don't know about anyone else, but whenever I look at the first picture, it gets me teary eyed. I guess that is a result of good reporting. :)

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Howard does a great job with his reporting and his photos. He is always professional and respectfull to all parties involved. I have witnessed Howard doing his job for several years more media need to take notice as to his work and to remember you can do your job and keep it respectfull.

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Thank you. I try. I don't always get it right and some disagree, but I try to be as professional as I can be. Thank you for noticing.

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NFN Howard, but your photos tell the story without you writing a word.

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