NEW YORK – A cat who survived a fire that killed an elderly Brooklyn woman has found a new home with a neighbor, according to friends of the family.
Victim Edwina Golas, who was 66, sadly died Saturday night after a blaze engulfed her third-floor Bay Ridge apartment Saturday night.
However, Golas’ beloved cat managed to survive the fire after firefighters brought the kitty out and resuscitated her with a child’s oxygen mask.
“The kitty was very fortunate that the firefighters that were on the scene acted very quickly,” explained Jillian DiFazio, who is an emergency and critical care specialist at Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group in Cobble Hill, where the cat was brought for treatment.
“A lot of that initial stabilization and triage is very similar in both people as well as in pets.”
Michelle Chester, who is a childhood friend who grew up with Golas in Bath Beach, ended up retrieving that cat from the vet’s office. The cat named Bridget will now be joining Chester’s two other cats.
“We were childhood friends,” Chester stated. “We made an agreement that whoever passed away first, the other one would take the other’s cat.”
Chester noted that Golas has another cat that is unaccounted for. She is still very concerned that the cat may be still hiding in the padlocked apartment.