BRUSHFORK, W.Va. — Volunteers were out Thursday morning seeking frightened cats and assessing the damage after a late-night fire burned a local organization working to help homeless felines.
The Second Chance for Cats facility on Littlesburg Road near Bluefield started burning at about midnight, Director Michelle Muncy of the Mercer County Animal Shelter said. Fifty cats were at the house when the fire started. None were lost, but 14 ran away when firefighters arrived at the scene. Several other cats were suffering from smoke inhalation.
“There’s extensive damage to the primary residence,” Muncy said. “They have a second building, but they have no power.”
A neighbor called at midnight and said the cat rescue was on fire, Elizabeth MacDonald of Second Chance for Cats said later at the scene.
“So we rushed down here…