Family Cat Survives House Fire

Ozzy the cat reappears 14 days after devastating fire.

Posted: January 6, 2010, 3 a.m. EST

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The Jaber's cat Ozzy survived the house fire and was found 2 weeks later
Ozzy was missing for 14 days.
A Maryland cat recently made his family’s day when he reappeared after a devastating house fire.

Lila Jaber is a single mother living with her 11-year-old son, her 23-year-old daughter and her daughter’s three young children in Germantown, Md. Her family’s two-story home was completely destroyed recently in an accidental fire. The family dog was killed in the fire and in the aftermath, the family cat, Ozzy, was missing.

The Jaber's house was destroyed by the fire
The Jabers' kitchen after devastating fire.
Fourteen days after the fire, Bobby Burch, an associate with Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling in Gaithersburg and Frederick, Md., visited the property and was surprised to see the family cat, Ozzy, come running down the stairs.

"I am amazed that Ozzy survived for 14 days in the freezing cold and in a fire-charred house," said Tom Plant, owner of Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling.

According to Burch, he found a cat carrier and placed Ozzy in his truck and provided him with food and water.  Burch called Lila Jaber at work and told her that he had an early Christmas gift for her, her children and grandchildren. Jaber immediately left work and came to the job site. 

"When Lila saw her pet cat, she broke down in tears," said Burch."There are no words to describe the emotions that were going on at this time," he said.

Burch and the company will rebuild the home for the Jabers and expect to finish the job in spring 2010.

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Pat    Omaha, NE

1/8/2010 5:05:10 AM

amazing story!

Karen    Bellingham, MA

1/7/2010 7:12:23 AM

I could care less about material things if god forbid this ever happened but my cats are everything to me and my husband and I would never leave w/out them! I'm glad the kitty made it; sad though that they lost their dog :-(

jessica    yc, CA

1/6/2010 9:41:33 PM

aww im so glad that he was found and he was ok.

Lori    Apple Valley, MN

1/6/2010 8:24:41 PM

I am so glad that Ozzy was found.I have always said that if my house was to burn,all material things can be replace but my babies never can.As with most people that face a disaster having there pets survive is what can help them through the event.Like the older gentleman that lost every thing in Katrina,he found his cat and that was all that matter to him.

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