Cat In Ohio Survives 26 Days Under Fire Debris

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Franklin, Ohio (AP) -- A woman's pet cat has been found alive, buried beneath debris 26 days after an Ohio fire.

Sandy Lapierre says she assumed 1-year-old Smoka had died from the Aug. 10 fire in Franklin, about 30 miles north of Cincinnati.

The blaze broke out in a building housing a flower shop and Lapierre's second-floor apartment.

A demolition company moved in to tear down what was left of the building the day after the fire.

A crew from Stark Wrecking Co. came back Sept. 4 to clear away the rubble and found Smoka's head sticking out from under 16 feet of debris.

Lapierre says her female cat lost a lot of weight and has been gobbling down food to make up for all the lost meals.

She says Smoka has some difficulty walking but otherwise seems ok.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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