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UPDATE: Kitten saves three people from morning fire

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UPDATE: Christine Glover was asleep Sunday morning when eight week old Milo's senses kicked in. He knew that danger was lurking.

“I was going to pick him up, and move him, and I opened my eyes and that's when I saw the whole back deck that was in flames,” said Glover.

Milo woke Glover, who then alerted her boyfriend and his roommate.   

“This being a young kitten knew that the person it loved and bonded with could be the one to help it get out of the situation,” said Jim Hammon, Veterinarian, Northgate Animal Hospital.

All three made it out of the house before flames overtook the home. Dr. Jim Hammon is a veterinarian at Northgate Animal Hospital. 
He says cats can spot trouble before humans can. 

“They have heightened senses, heightened sense of sound, heightened sense of smell,” said Hammon. 

Dr. Hammon says it's not only cats with the unique ability. Some trained dog can spot physiological problems occurring with their owner, like when a seizure is about to happen. 

“There is probably some changes that happen in breath, and the physiology of the person that the dog can detect either by smell or by licking,” said Hammon.

Milo, just 8 weeks old and had no training. It was intuition and loyalty that helped save his owner. Glover’s boyfriend only wishes he could have saved Milo.

“He grabbed his dog and dragged Gracie out and he looked under the bed for Milo, but he just couldn't find him,” said Glover.

Glover says she will always be thankful for Milo, whose name is short for the Spanish word for miracle.

“I’m definitely going to remember playing with him and him attacking my feet, in the morning when i put my socks and shoes on because he thinks I’m playing,” said Glover.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Milo was buried in the backyard behind the home.
 


PREVIOUS STORY: Christine Glover looks at the spot where her kitten Milo now rests.

“Milo was meant for me to have him, to be another little miracle for me,” said Glover.

Sunday morning Milo alerted Christine, her boyfriend, and one other person inside, that the house was on fire.

“I was going to pick him up, and move him, and I opened my eyes and that's when I saw the whole back deck that was in flames,” said Glover.

Five minutes after everyone got out of the house, the flames overtook the house.

“The whole house was just engulfed in flames,” said Glover.

Christine’s boyfriend tried to save Milo, but just couldn't find the kitten in time. 

“He grabbed his dog and dragged Gracie out and he looked under the bed for Milo, but he just couldn't find him,” said Glover.

Christine’s mother Ruthie says she is thankful for Milo, because without him her daughter might not be here today

“His life was a little flash, but it certainly brought us a miracle, and we are grateful god gives us his creatures to enjoy,” said Glover.

While the house is a complete loss, they will always have memories.

“I’m definitely going to remember playing with him, and him attacking my feet, in the morning when I put my socks and shoes on because he thinks I’m playing,” said Glover.

Milo was just eight weeks old. He was rescued after Christine’s mother found him in a wooded area. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


PREVIOUS STORY: According to the Chattanooga Fire Department they received a fire alarm call around 6:45 A.M. and responded to 5022 Browntown Road with four companies.     

Fire officials said most of the house was fully engulfed in flames when the first crew arrived on the scene. The firefighters eventually got the blaze under control, but the damage was extensive and the house is considered a total loss. 

Chief Don Bowman said the rented house was occupied by three young adults. A woman said they were all asleep when her cat meowed and licked her face and woke up. The woman then noticed that the house was on fire.

The woman woke up the rest of the roommates and all got out the house. 

However, one of the others living in the house went back into the house and searched for the cat in the house, but was forced out by the smoke and heat. That person was transported by Hamilton County EMS to a local hospital for smoke inhalation. 

Chief Bowman also said the person injuries are non life threatening. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The cat did not survive.   

Photos were provided by Chief Don Bowman.

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