Concord Cat

A fire Sunday afternoon on Merrimack Street in Penacook injured a woman and killed a pet cat. Firefighter paramedic Michael Pepin located another cat (shown above) inside the home and firefighter Matt Demers (shown here) used a specially designed oxygen mask to resuscitate it.

PENACOOK -- A woman was injured Sunday in a fire that displaced four residents, killed one pet cat and seriously injured another, Concord fire officials said.

Crews responded to a reported fire on a couch inside a residence at 63 Merrimack St. around 4:01 p.m.

The first units arrived on the scene in under three minutes and reported heavy smoke blanketing the area and fire blowing out of the living room window of the 2-1/2 story residence.

Firefighters quickly knocked down the fire and rescued a pet cat suffering from severe smoke inhalation, according to a news release.

Firefighter paramedic Michael Pepin found the cat. Firefighter Matt Demers used a specially designed oxygen mask to resuscitate the animal, which was later transported to an emergency veterinary service facility by Concord police officer Jennifer Carew. The cat was reportedly doing well Sunday night.

According to Concord fire officials, a female occupant of the home suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Concord Hospital by a Concord Fire Department ambulance.

Another pet cat was found dead inside the residence, and a third pet cat remained missing as of Sunday night. The four residents were unable to return to the residence. Staff with the American Red Cross are working to find them shelter and assist with other needs.

The fire was declared under control at 4:53 p.m., though units remained on scene to extinguish any hot spots.

Fire investigators were examining the scene and plan to interview the residents to determine the cause.

Mutual aid units from Allenstown, Boscawen, Bow, and Pembroke covered Concord's stations during the incident.

According to Concord municipal records, the home was built in 1905.