Crews rescue cat from burning house, but 9 more still missing

Two cats are safe after a fire in Hapeville on Tuesday morning, but up to nine other cats were reported missing after the blaze.

No people were injured in the fire at a home in the 3300 block of Lavista Drive, Hapeville fire Chief David Bloodworth told

Firefighters got one cat out and were able to revive it with oxygen, and they later found a second cat safe outside the home.


The resident, however, reported she had 11 cats, Bloodworth said.

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“At this time, we’re unable to find any of the other cats,” he said. “They're still looking.”

The fire started about 5:50 a.m., when the resident called 911. She said the house was full of smoke and she heard popping sounds. She went outside.


When the fire department arrived, they “noted that there was visible fire showing, coming out the front door,” Bloodworth said.

The fire was put out and crews continued to monitor for hot spots Tuesday morning.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

A Hapeville firefighter works to put out a house fire on Lavista Drive Tuesday morning. JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

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