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The cat came back

Rescuers are caring for a frightened and burned cat that escaped a deadly apartment fire near Victoria.

The blaze broke out April 7 in Esquimalt and quickly spread through the top floor of the low-rise building, trapping the cat's owner — a woman in her 60s — on a balcony.

Firefighters rescued five other people but could not reach the woman, although neighbours reported seeing her cat leap to safety moments before the balcony and suite were engulfed in flames.

The cat, a ragdoll Siamese-cross named Blueberry, was found Monday, more than a week after the fire, cowering under a bush.

Staff with Find Lost and Escaped Cats say Blueberry is recovering from dehydration, badly burned paws and singed fur.

Esquimalt fire Chief Chris Jancowski says preliminary findings show the fire appears to have been sparked accidentally in the kitchen-living area of one unit and spread quickly to the roof.



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