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Cat credited with saving man from fire

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

Four families are now without their homes after a fire destroys an apartment building on Sterlington Road.

Curtis Smallwood was asleep inside of the building at the time that the fire broke out. Smallwood says that he might not have made it out safely if it weren't for Artemis.

"She knew something was going on before I did," says Smallwood.

Smallwood is now an even bigger fan of his friends cat, Artemus. Smallwood says that Artemis alerted him that the building was on fire, "My morning began with a cat clawing at my legs. She was acting pretty strange so I woke up."

Smallwood says he could see and smell the smoke and knew that he needed to get out fast, "I grabbed a few things. Looked for her, grabbed her. Decided I was going to go out the front door. I went through the front door and realized there's no way I am making it through that. Ran out the back door. Pretty much the building below me was already in flames."

Everyone made it out unharmed. Artemis's owner, Brooke Saylor was not home at the time of the fire, but she's thankful that her friend Smallwood was, "I would have been so devastated. This was the first thing I was worried about...was my kitty cat."

"You know, she saved my life and maybe I have saved hers," adds Smallwood.

Firefighters are still working to determine what caused the fire.

The Red Cross is helping the families that are now displaced.

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