While a Crozet family escaped safely from their home after a lightning strike set it ablaze Thursday afternoon, two cats had to be rescued by Albemarle County firefighters.
A Crozet fire crew was first to arrive at about 3:45 p.m. and saw smoke coming from the attic of the two-story residence at 8193 Rockfish Gap Turnpike. Firefighters from across Albemarle County then began to fight the fire and search the home. They returned with the two cats.
A Facebook post from Albemarle County Fire Rescue described how one of the pets, a tuxedo cat named Nellie, was found unresponsive and not breathing. Photographs show firefighters reviving Nellie with water and an oxygen mask.
The post stated that Nellie was doing well at a nearby veterinary facility. A later statement did not provide any information about the condition of the cats, but it did say both had been taken to a veterinarian. An email asking for more information about the other pet was not immediately returned.
The Albemarle County Fire Marshal’s Office estimates that the fire caused about $30,000 in damage to the home and its contents. The property is valued at $5.4 million.