LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CNN/WDRB) — Pulled from the ashes, it’s the story of the kitten orphaned by a fire, now named ‘Miracle.’
The flames ripped through quickly, scorching everything they touched. Forty-six Bridgeport Ewing Lane Apartments were destroyed. One-hundred and fifty people and their pets were suddenly homeless.
“All the pets — they’re like family members,” said Captain Rusty Hall of the Jeffersonville Fire Department. “So it’s just like losing a kid at times.”
But days after the flames in Apartment 20, Hall found Miracle, an orange tabby kitten, covered in soot.
“It looked like a fuzzy play toy,” said Hall “I didn’t even know it was a cat.”
The kitten wasn’t even two pounds, surrounded by rubble and debris. Miracle is cleaned up and now in the hands of the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter in Jeffersonville.
“Just a baby kitten, just wants to be loved,” said Sarah Green of the shelter. “He just started purring a couple days ago.”
The workers gave him his name — Miracle — based of his story. “The apartment was heavily smoke-damaged and other two adult cats didn’t make it, so for something this small, you know, only a week-and-a-half to two weeks old, to make it in that environment, it says something,” Green said.
Seven cats — including Miracle’s mother and father — died in the fire. Green said the shelter hasn’t been able to get back in touch with his owner, who was originally told the kitten died — but the story has gone viral online and some former neighbors are hoping for a few miracles of their own. Three pets are still missing.
Green said those neighbors call everyday.
“It’s so sweet and so sad because out of everything they’ve lost that’s the one thing they’re concerned about,” Green said.
Miracle nestled under a bed finding the safe place. “I believe it was a miracle that we found him,” Hall said. It’s said that cats have nine lives, but this little guy may be down a few.
Hall said firefighters have not released a cause yet what sparked the flames.