UNITED KINGDOM – Breathtaking footage of firefighters battling to save a cat that was rescued from a burning building is being released for the first time.
Sammy, who is a ginger cat, was rescued by fire crews after a blaze broke out Delfshaven neighbourhood of Rotterdam, in the Netherlands.
The video clip, which was captured on the bodycam of a firefighter, show the teams as they try to revive Sammy with oxygen after he was unconscious.
It shows an oxygen mask being placed on the cat as firefighters gently push its chest.
The cat then managed to regain consciousness and is given water to clear its airways.
As he makes his very first ‘meow’, a firefighter can be heard saying: ‘Yes, that’s good, talk nicely. Here you are, a little water.’
A total of 15 apartments had to be evacuated in the fire, which happened last year.
Stan Loemers, who is Sammy’s owner, lost all his possessions in the fire but said his cat was the only thing he cared about.
Mr. Loemers stated: ‘Even if my house may have burned down three times, this animal means the world to me.
‘Sammy is a bit old and a little chubby which is the likely reason as to why he did not dare to escape on his own.’
Sammy was immediately taken to the vets for observation but was allowed to leave after a few days.
No one perished in the blaze thanks to the firemen’s quick action.