Cats, reptiles found alive in aftermath of Palmer fire

Some animals did not survive fire, however

This gecko was found alive inside the apartment building at 1047 Pleasant Street in Palmer, where a Monday night fire resulted in the death of one woman.

PALMER, Mass. (WWLP) – The state fire marshal’s office is still looking into what caused a fire at a Palmer apartment building that killed one woman and forced dozens of others out of their homes.

Residents returned to the 20-unit building at 1047 Pleasant Street Tuesday, in order to retrieve some of their belongings. Most of those residents are being assisted by the Red Cross. In an unexpected turn of events for some, there were multiple animals found alive inside the building by firefighters Tuesday morning. About five cats were saved Monday night, and Palmer Animal Control Officer Wendy Lesage told 22News one of them barely made it.

Report-it Photo: Dan Slowick
Report-it Photo: Dan Slowick

“Gave it mouth to mouth and oxygen and some chest compressions to save the little guy. Actually it was a male cat and his name was ‘Momma,’ and the owners were able to pick him up last night. So it was a good story,” Lesage said.

Tuesday, firefighters pulled out a gecko and a boa constrictor that amazingly made it through the fire. Unfortunately, two cats were also found dead inside the building.

Many of the rescued animals are still in a shelter as their owners recover at the hospital.

The identity of the woman killed in the fire, and the exact cause of her death have not yet been released.

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