CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- Firefighters rescued a kitten from the Penninger Fire debris while mopping up in Central Point. Firefighters delivered the kitten to Southern Oregon Veterinary Speciality Center. The cat was one of the first patients to receive care this morning after the fire also forced the clinic to evacuate.
On Tuesday, vets and staff began hosing down the building when flames crossed into the field bordering the property. The fire burned just a few feet away from the back door. Vets were forced to evacuate about a dozen animals receiving critical care.
Nearby vet clinics took in the SOVSC patients.
"We had one that was receiving a blood transfusion at the time it was being transferred. It was critical," said Dr. Diana Schropp, DVM, ACVECC, with Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center. "Everybody else was pretty stable but they were all on IV fluids and needing medications throughout the night. So we had a full staff with them."
The 24-hour vet office says it's the first time in 14 years that it had to close for a night but that they had to put pet and personal safety first.
"The first thought is always pet safety and people safety. Then we go from there," said Dr. Schropp. "Of course we would have all been crushed if we had lost the building or any part of it but the people and the pets come first."
The vet clinic is now open and accepting patients. The rescued kitten will be treated for burns and vets say he has a long recovery ahead. Once the kitten is well enough, it will likely be put up for adoption.