ROCKPORT, Ind. (WEHT) — Four people escaped a house fire in Rockport, and it’s thanks to their cat. The house on North Elm Street burned to the ground early Tuesday morning.
Ohio Township Fire Department responded to the call just before 3 a.m. Assistant Chief Jeff Harris said two of the family members were trapped on the roof, but were helped down by a bystander. A neighbor told me the Alvey’s cat is to thank for their escape. Pinky woke the family up in the middle of the night and alerted them of the danger. Unfortunately, we’re told that cat and the family’s other pets did not survive.
Harris said neighbors living next to the Alvey’s home have vacated their homes for the time being and repairs are underway. He said the flames were so severe, the heat even melted the front of one of the homes across the street. Harris estimates thirty firefighters from several departments were working on the fire simultaneously. Now that the fire is subdued, he said they can safely assess the damage.
“They’ve already started boarding up this home back here, trying to get utilities back on, so it’s just moving forward with that and the insurance and the Fire Marshall will determine the cause of the fire,” said Harris.
Rockport Chief of Police Jason Overfield said one of their officers, who was the first to arrive on scene, was admitted to the hospital. Officer Hershel Holley was taken to Deaconess Gateway Hospital with severe smoke inhalation. Overfield said Officer Holley’s condition is improving, but he is being kept overnight for further observation.
This story was originally published on July 2, 2019.