Cats rescued from burning Oakdale trailer home


submitted photo • Chris Bathurst, a North St. Paul firefighter, holds one of the two cats rescued March 8 from a burning home in Oakdale’s Twenty-Nine Pines mobile home park. The cats were given first aid at the scene before being transferred to an area veterinary hospital.

Firefighters rescued two cats from a mobile home that caught fire sometime after noon March 8 in Oakdale’s Twenty-Nine Pines mobile home park. 

No humans were in the home at the time, but two dogs that died in the fire were found inside the trailer.

Emergency responders from Lakeview Ambulance service administered first aid to the cats, which were later transferred to a veterinary hospital in the area, according to Oakdale Fire Chief Jeff Anderson.

Anderson said that when firefighters first arrived to the 6400 block of Upper 54th Street N. around 12:30 p.m., there was heavy smoke coming from the windows of the trailer. 

“Once we got hose lines laid and opened the door to make the entry ... more oxygen got in there and basically the entire mobile home was involved in fire,” he said, adding the situation was “pretty typical.”

It only took about five or 10 minutes for Oakdale, Maplewood and North St. Paul firefighters to knock down the flames, but Anderson said the trailer was a complete loss.

No neighboring homes were damaged, Anderson said, though that can sometimes be a risk when there is a fire in a mobile home park, since the houses are fairly close to one another.

Anderson said that firefighters initially were not sure if any people were home, but were warned by the property’s neighbors that there might be pets inside. Firefighters later learned that the property was not supposed to be occupied because the most recent tenant had been evicted.

“I’m not sure what the living situation is there. It sounds like the party that had been evicted may have been coming back and staying there although they weren’t supposed to be there,” Anderson said.

As of press time, police were trying to contact the former tenant, and an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the fire.


 

— Aundrea Kinney

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