Karen and Miss Scar­lett flee from flames

The Weekend Post - - News - AN­DREA FALVO

A FRESH­WA­TER res­i­dent ran back into her home to save her cat as a fire swept through a neigh­bour’s third-floor apart­ment at an Old Smith­field Rd unit block.

Karen Har­ring­ton-Green, who took her tabby cat Miss Scar­lett to safety, was one of sev­eral ten­ants forced to evac­u­ate their unit at about 11.30pm on Thurs­day.

“It sounded like peo­ple were throw­ing bot­tles and I could smell the smoke,” she said. “I ran out in my dress­ing gown, no shoes and I thought I bet­ter go back and get the cat.”

Fire crews took al­most two hours to ex­tin­guish the blaze, which is now un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. They had to bring in a truck fit­ted with a tele­scopic lad­der to help reach the area.

Mayura Levett, who lives next door to the apart­ment com­plex, said her hus­band had alerted emer­gency ser­vices af­ter she no­ticed the blaze through her open win­dow.

“I could see the unit nextdoor glow­ing and I wasn’t sure if they were watch­ing a movie in the dark, but then the crash­ing started,” she said.

Neigh­bour Pam Ma­her said she was con­cerned the en­tire build­ing would go up in flames.

SAFETY FIRST: Karen Har­ring­ton-Green es­caped with her tabby cat when fire swept through her neigh­bour’s third-floor Fresh­wa­ter apart­ment. Pic­ture: BREN­DAN RADKE

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