A family is grateful after firemen rescued their three small animals from an inflamed apartment.

The fire began around 6:15 p.m. while the residents were cooking dinner according to Ileana LiMarzi, spokeswoman for the Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue.

“Two adults were able to get out,” LiMarzi said. “When we got there we found one dog with singed fur and were able to get him out. Unfortunately, another dog was found and is now deceased.”

Nearly 45 minutes later, firefighters went back into the apartment in search for the last two of the family’s animals: Velcro, a 10-week-old kitten and Snakey the snake.

“You never know how these things might affect them,” explained LiMarzi. “There was heavy smoke in there, so the fact that they survived is pretty remarkable.”

Upon the kitten’s rescue, it received an oxygen mask. Although designed for a human, the mask assisted in saving one of the cat’s nine lives after nearly an hour of smoke inhalation — the same thing presumed to have caused the death in one of the family dogs.

“They were very happy when their pets were rescued,” LiMarzi said. “But, the loss of their dog was overriding everything.”

The surviving animals were sent to the veterinarian for check-ups and the family is eagerly awaiting their return.

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