Rolando Fire Victim: Cat Woke Me, Saved My Life

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – A San Diego woman who narrowly escaped a destructive early morning fire Tuesday credits her cat for saving her life.

Fire completely destroyed the single story home near 72nd street and El Cajon Boulevard in the Rolando community of San Diego.

The homeowner was asleep when the fire started at 1:30 a.m., San Diego Fire-Rescue officials said.

Firefighters arrived to find flames throughout the entire home and shooting out from multiple windows.

The homeowner had escaped and was outside the home at the time crews arrived.

The woman told firefighters that it was her pet cat that jumped on her and woke her up.

“Thankfully the cat was there,” stated Bat. Chief David Gerboth.

“Unfortunately the cat did perish in the fire.”

One dog and a second cat also died.

A tow truck driver who was next door tried his best to spray water on the fire but the water wasn’t working. He also towed her car across the street and out of harm’s way, officials said.

The fire was extinguished within 20 minutes. SDFD investigators determined the cause to be electrical.

No other information is available at this time.