Many people think of the things they are thankful for this time of year, such as family, friends, the health of loved ones and perhaps their places of employment.
Carrie McFall has found what she calls blessings in the aftermath of a fire in the Woodbury Manor apartment complex on Woodbury Manor drive off Humbert Road Oct. 28.
McFall was not at home at the time the fire broke out on the balcony of a neighboring apartment and was not able to communicate with firefighting personnel concerning her furry family member, a grey mixed Maine coon cat named Scotty who was in the apartment at the time of the fire.
“The firefighters had to go through my ceiling to get to the fire in the attic,” McFall said. “I had a lot of water and smoke damage — it’s hard to believe Scotty survived through all of that. Scotty was able to escape and was seen running from the building after the fire was put out. He was missing for five days.”
Scotty was adopted by McFall from a Jersey County farm. McFall said she felt blessed many of her friends, some who were not big fans of cats, were willing to take time to search for Scotty throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. After several days, fliers were printed showing Scotty’s image and gave McFall’s contact information to be posted around the area.
“It was amazing. We were just about to post our first flier and I felt like the good Lord led me to check under this one particular porch,” McFall said. “I couldn’t believe it, there he was — he wouldn’t come out from under that porch until I got right up to him.”
Maine coon cats are known for their large size and Scotty was no exception. After a visit to the vet to get checked out, the vet reported to McFall that Scotty was in fantastic health, having lost a couple of pounds.
“He could afford to lose a little weight,” McFall said. “He actually has a little more energy now.”
Where Scotty may have used up a life or two out of his nine lives, McFall would like to get the word out to people to take one precaution that could prevent the loss of pets in the event of a fire.
“I wish I would’ve had a sticker or a sign in my window to let firefighters or first responders know about Scotty,” McFall said. “I know you can download them online or some fire departments may have them. They didn’t know he was in there and a sign or sticker could have made a difference. I’m just glad to have him home.”
Woodbury Manor’s owner is in the process of remodeling some of the complex’s buildings and an updated apartment is in McFall and Scotty’s future. Meanwhile they are staying with family until the remodel is complete. No one was injured in the fire and all pets have been accounted for now that Scotty is home.