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Wilmington firefighters revive kittens after house fire

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A fire broke out Wednesday afternoon in downtown Wilmington. Luckily, no people were hurt in the fire and firefighters managed to save two kittens that nearly died in the house.

Wilmington firefighter Oscar Cerda is a hero.

"I was able to get them back and get them back to breathing so it gives you a sense of accomplishment," said Cerda. "As a pet owner myself, it put a smile on my face."

Cerda was one of many firefighters to put out the fire. Not only did Cerda help put out the fire but he helped put life back into two kittens that were stranded in the house.

"They were just slightly breathing," said Cerda. "They were panting so by giving them oxygen and massaging their chest and stirring them up they gradually started to breathe on their own and were able to be revived."

Cerda revived the kittens with the help of Wilmington Fire Department's oxygen equipment made for dogs and cats.

"We've been carrying it for about two or three years now but we don't get the opportunity to use it a lot," said Wilmington Fire Battalion Chief David Hines. "We've used it successfully now several times."

The two kittens suffered from smoke inhalation and were nearly passed out when firefighters found them. A local veternarian says smoke inhalation can do a lot of internal damage to house pets. Firefighters say it took almost 2,000 liters of oxygen to help revive the kittens.

"One of them came around real quick and the other took 15 or 20 minutes," said Hines. "He was a little slow to come around but seems to be okay now."

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