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Miracle cat Coco discovered alive 8 days after Valencia fireplace that killed 100 pets


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A cat given up for useless by its proprietor following the devastating Valencia condominium block inferno has been rescued alive by firefighters after eight days within the shell of the building.

Andrea Rubio broke down in tears yesterday as she cuddled beloved pet Coco for the primary time for the reason that February 22 catastrophe after it was noticed two flooring above their eleventh ground flat smelling of smoke however in any other case alive and properly.

Mystery nonetheless surrounds her pet’s survival of the tragedy that killed 10 individuals and claimed the lives of round 100 different animals.

Coco will spend tonight with Andrea and her companion Javier Fernandez at emergency council-provided short-term housing after a routine check-up by a vet.

Firefighters revealed footage of Coco inside a hearth hydrant area of interest the place the crafty cat is believed to have taken refuge.

They had been requested by its proprietor to get well its physique in the event that they discovered it whereas retrieving documentation and different belongings from gutted flats.

epa11173272 Smoke rises from a fire of a 14-story residential building in Valencia, eastern Spain, 22 February 2024. At least seven people were injured during the ongoing fire, and two people trapped on a balcony were rescued by firefighters. EPA/MANUEL BRUQUE
Smoke rises from a hearth of a 14-story residential building in Valencia (Picture: EPA)
VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 22: Two people take shelter from the fire on one of the terraces of the burning building on February 22, 2024 in Valencia, Spain. A large fire has swept through two buildings in the Campanar neighborhood of Valencia. The fire, which originated on the fourth floor of the building, has generated a large column of flames and a dense smoke that has affected several floors of the building. Sixteen firefighting units and five ambulances were deployed to tackle a fire that broke out in a section of a 14-storey building in the Campanar area of Valencia on Thursday afternoon (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
Two individuals take shelter from the hearth on one of many terraces of the burning building (Picture: Getty)
(Picture: Policia Local Valencia)
Andrea hugs Coco after they had been reunited (Picture: Policia Local Valencia)

A spokesman for Valencia City Hall-employed fireplace crews who’re nonetheless working within the 14-storey residential that went up in flames within the prosperous El Campaner district mentioned: ‘We were recovering belongings and documentation from apartments when we rescued the cat. It was in a dry riser niche.

‘We’ve handed it to its homeowners with nice satisfaction.’

An area police spokesman added: ‘We can confirm a pet cat lost in the fire in El Campaner has been recovered more than a week after the tragedy.’

Andrea, pictured taking her cat out of a small holdall and giving it water whereas she cried, was out when the hearth began and solely realized her home had gone up in flames from her mum who was watching the catastrophe unfold on TV.

A spokesman for an animal adoption affiliation in Valencia mentioned this morning: ‘Coco’s household lived on the eleventh ground and had requested firefighters to search for it in case they discovered its physique.

‘They informed them the animal wasn’t within the property however the shock arrived after they reached the thirteenth ground and located Coco ready for his household.

‘We don’t know the way you managed to avoid wasting your life Coco however you’re a champion and we’re very blissful.’

Owner Andrea holds Coco the cat, a survivor of the February 22 Valencia apartment block fire, after firefighters found it in the burned building eight days later in Valencia, Spain March 1, 2024. Valencia Local Police /Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY
Owner Andrea holds Coco the cat after firefighters discovered it within the burned building eight days later (Picture: Reuters)

It emerged ultimately weekend almost 100 pets had died within the Valencia fireplace in addition to 10 individuals together with a household of 4 consisting of the mother and father of a new-born child and a three-year-old boy.

The animals that died included the pet canine of a Ukrainian girl known as Elisa who went to run errands along with her companion and wasn’t in a position to return home after the blaze started.

An elderly couple who lived in one of many 138 flats gutted by fireplace died together with their pet canine.

The cladding across the condominium blocks has been blamed for the pace with which the blaze unfold and meant the victims weren’t in a position to attain security in time.

An investigation into the hearth, which began in an empty eighth-floor flat, is ongoing however it has already been linked to a possible electrical fault.

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