Su­per­cat saves fam­ily from fire

Townsville Bulletin - - Just Briefly -

A NORTH Queens­land fam­ily has cred­ited their pet cat with sav­ing their lives in a house fire.

The 10-week-old grey striped cat named Tinny clawed Zacheri Richard­son-Leit­man’s face af­ter his mat­tress caught fire as the Cairns fam­ily of four lay asleep around 2am yes­ter­day.

‘‘I was sound asleep when the cat scratched me and woke me up,’’ he said. ‘‘I woke up, looked out and my eyes started to burn and I couldn’t hear any­thing and I started cough­ing.’’

He then woke the rest of the fam­ily who es­caped the blaze and alerted fire au­thor­i­ties.

Fire­fight­ers be­lieve the fire started from a smoul­der­ing cig­a­rette dis­carded on the floor.

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