Woman finds pet cat alive hours after house fire

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MUDDY CREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Alert neighbors are being credited with rescuing a woman from a house fire Monday night in Muddy Creek Township.

Authorities said the fire started just after 8 p.m. in a shed, then spread to two mobile homes on Robbie Way.

One of the homes was vacant, but Edith Byers lived in the second. She told Channel 11 News that she was watching television when she heard knocking on her door.

“One of the young gentlemen told me to get out of the house because it was on fire. The back end of the house was on fire,” Byers said.

Neighbors also helped by trying to use garden hoses to extinguish the blaze. It’s unclear how the fire started.

Channel 11’s Dave Bondy was there Tuesday as Byers found her pet cat, who she thought died in the blaze, alive. (Check out the incredible reunion video on the left.)

“I got ya, oh my gosh,” she said as she picked up Buttons. “That’s the only baby I have.”

Byers’ home is believed to be a total loss, and she doesn’t have insurance.

“I think some things may be salvageable, but I don’t think much is. So I need everything. I lost my whole life savings in there. Everything is gone,” Byers said.