• Kitten credited with saving Washington Co. family from house fire

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    TAYLORSTOWN, Pa. - Kitten credited with saving Washington Co. family from house fire

    A Washington County family is crediting its kitten with saving family members' lives Friday morning after flames broke out inside their Taylorstown home.

    Family members said 14-week-old Alaska jumped on them and woke them up to alert them that the house was on fire.

    “My cat jumped up and kept pawing my face. I just pushed her down not thinking anything. She kept doing it, so she got me alert. I heard popping sounds and then I saw a flicker and realized it was smokey in the house,” said Hillary Smith, who lived in the house with her fiancé and 2-year-old child.

    All of them were able to make it out of the house safely, but the family lost everything and has no insurance.

    Officials said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but a possible cause is electrical.

    The Red Cross had stepped in to assist the family.

    Donations can be mailed or taken to:
    First Federal Bank of Green Co. 
    2980 S Bridge Road
    Washington, Pa. 15301

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