2 firefighters injured fighting apartment fire, saving 2 cats - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

2 firefighters injured fighting apartment fire, saving 2 cats

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A fire broke out around 1:45 p.m. at the Legacy Apartments on Monday. 

Crews arrived to find smoke and flames coming from one apartment and spreading to another. No one was inside at the time, but when the tenants arrived they told fire crews there were two cats still inside. 

About an hour later, crews pulled the first cat, Autumn, from the apartment. Fifteen minutes later, they rescued the second, Tiger.

"They're like your kids you know,” Kristina McMillan said.

McMillan was expecting the worst when she drove up to her apartment and saw it engulfed in flames.

"Driving here I was told that there was nothing in the apartment, that everything was dead, so I had a breakdown in the car.”

Inside McMillan’s apartment were Autumn and Tiger.

Fire crews fought heavy smoke and flames when they found Autumn hiding under the furniture.

While McMillan waited nervously, firefighters brought Tiger downstairs.

"My cats are alive and that's all that matters to me,” she said.

Meanwhile, two firefighters were injured when the attic collapsed.

One firefighter was taken to the hospital for first- and second-degree burns on his neck. The other was taken to the hospital with head and neck injuries.

Both firefighters are expected to be okay.

Investigators said someone who was smoking did not completely put our their cigarette or cigar before throwing it away on a balcony. This is believed to be what started the fire.

"Tomorrow's her birthday, Autumn’s birthday,” McMillan said. “She's going to be two. And for me, that's the most important part. Everything else can be rebought."

It was an emotional reunion for the owners, but they are grateful crews got the animals out alive. 

Watch their reunion here

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