Firefighters fight fire, tend to frightened exotic cat


Firefighter bit while attempting to assist a 60-70 pound African Serval

Clark County Fire District 6 firefighters battled a stubborn house fire in the Felida area Sunday. 

A firefighter was bit by a 60-70 pound African Serval cat while battling a house fire in the Felida area Sunday. Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire District 6
A firefighter was bit by a 60-70 pound African Serval cat while battling a house fire in the Felida area Sunday. Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire District 6

Neighbors first saw flames coming from the back of a single story home on NW 38th Avenue. The homeowner was trying to extinguish flames at the rear of the house when first units arrived. The blaze had spread to the attic of the home, making the fire more difficult to fight.

Assisted by firefighters with the Vancouver Fire Department, crews were able to bring the fire under control in 25 minutes. 

Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire District 6
Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire District 6

In addition to four engines, one truck, one squad and one Battalion Chief, animal control was called to the home to manage a 60-70 pound African Serval cat, which at this time appears to be unharmed, just a little freaked out. 

One firefighter was injured after the cat bit his fingers.  Since the fire was out, the decision was made to close up the house until animal control and the homeowner could contain the big cat.

Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire District 6
Photo courtesy of Clark County Fire District 6

The firefighter who was bit by the cat while fighting the fire was not seriously injured, and the cat wasn’t injured during the fire. The Clark County Fire Marshal is still determining the fire’s cause and damage estimate.  

Information provided by Clark County Fire District 6. 

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