Miracle kitten pulled from ashes of burned down apartment

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By Gilbert Corsey, WDRB News

A tiny kitten was pulled from the ashes—alive and well—days after an apartment fire.

The flames ripped through quickly and scorched everything they touched.

"All the pets they're like family members so it's just like losing a kid at times," said Cpt. Rusty Hall of the Jeffersonville Fire Department.

In total, 46 Bridgeport Ewing Lane apartments were destroyed, leaving 150 people and their pets suddenly homeless.

And days after the fire, tucked in apartment 20, Rusty hall found a miracle: an orange tabby kitten, covered in soot.

"It looked like a fuzzy play toy," said Hall. "I didn't even know it was a cat, and it took a little small breath."

The cat, now appropriately named Miracle, was not even two pounds, and was surrounded by rubble and debris.

"Just a baby kitten, just wants to be loved," said Sarah Green of the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter. "He just started purring a couple days ago."

Miracle's cleaned up and now in the hands of the J.B. Ogle Animal Shelter in Jeffersonville. 

"The apartment was heavily smoke-damaged," said Green, "The other two adults cats didn't make it, so for something this small you know only a week and half two weeks old to make it in that environment is pretty significant."

Seven cats, including Miracle's parents, died in the fire. The shelter hasn't been able to get back in touch with his owner, who was originally told the kitten died. But the story has gone viral online and some former neighbors are hoping for a miracle of their own. Three pets are still missing.

"It's so sweet and it's so sad because out of everything they've lost that's all their concerned about," Green.

They say cats have nine lives, but this little guy may be down a few. 

"I believe it was a miracle that we found him," said Hall.

There's no word yet on what caused the fire.