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Raw video: Cat rescued from third floor of burning Michigan apartment building.

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By the time the video above was taken, Ann Arbor, Michigan Firefighter Jason Gravelle had already brought one cat down a ladder from a second floor window of the burning building at the Schooner Cover Apartments in Ypsilanti Township this afternoon. That’s when a woman spotted another cat. This one was in a third floor apartment and according to Kyle Feldsher at, it was playing a lot harder to get:

The fire burned through the ceiling and as far as we could get in was leaning through the window by way of the ladder,” he (Gravelle) said. “There was a desk right there and the cat was kind of hiding under the desk.” 

“We couldn’t go in because the room was on fire and they were hitting it with the aerials on top and, fortunately, the cat finally realized he wanted to come out.” 

Gravelle said the roof started to fall in and a large piece of drywall coming loose and hitting the floor was the last bit of convincing the kitty needed to come into his hands. 

Speaking to about an hour after the rescue, Gravelle shrugged the incident off. The ceiling was collapsing, debris was falling in the room and Gravelle was reaching under a desk to save a cat. 

“Yeah,” he said. “Nothing major.” 

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  • 8truck

    We are not in this position to determine the quality of a life whether they’re human or not.

    • Fire21

      That’s right. There were a lot of positive comments some time back on a good rescue of a dog. A pet is a pet, and we are usually almost as attached to them as we are our kids. Rescue is one of the things we do, and this was a successful operation. Good job, Ann Arbor.

  • Anonymous

    It is what it is. Not normally one of the guys all about safety, but I’m sure it would be a lot easier and safer if they took that window completely out. I mean its not like you’re saving them any money. They have to replace it anyways. Just saying.

  • Paul

    Great rescue. Call it any way you want, he saved a life – a precious gift that someone loved. He’s down to 8 lives now. Thank you for taking the risk to save the cat’s life. It just was not his time to go.

  • Anonymous

    Remember folks, we are here to serve our citizens. Maybe the owner will also remember on election day when her “mutt” politician decides to cut the FD budget.

  • firefighter

    Some people consider their pet(s), as a part of their family.

  • FireMedic1

    Good job of serving the public which is what we are here to do.

  • Sharppointy1

    From a cat loving fire buff, Thank You Firefighter Gravelle. Life is precious in whatever form it comes. To the cat’s person, you have saved the world. Wonderful job. Hope you don’t have to endure too much teasing from your brother and sister FF’s.