Hero cats save elderly Italian woman from fire

The Local Italy
The Local Italy - [email protected]
Hero cats save elderly Italian woman from fire
The cats leaped onto the woman's bed to wake her. Photo: Selmer van Alten

An elderly woman was sleeping as flames began to engulf her house in north-west Italy, but luckily her cats were on hand to wake her up, allowing her to escape the blaze.


The fire broke out on Wednesday night at her home in the small fishing village of Camogli, in the Liguria province of Genoa.

The woman, who lived there alone, was sleeping as flames and smoke spread through the building, but fortunately she was saved by a fire alarm of an unusual sort.

Il Secolo XIX reported that her feline companions tried to alert her to the blaze with their persistent miaowing. When that didn't work, one of the cats jumped onto her lap to wake her. She was then able to get to safety and report the fire to authorities.

Local firemen were joined by emergency services from nearby Chiavari, Rapallo and Genoa to stop the flames spreading to neighbouring houses. 

The woman’s home sustained serious damage, with the roof completely collapsing.

The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed, but one thing is certain - this woman has a lot to thank her cats for.


Join the conversation in our comments section below. Share your own views and experience and if you have a question or suggestion for our journalists then email us at [email protected].
Please keep comments civil, constructive and on topic – and make sure to read our terms of use before getting involved.

Please log in to leave a comment.

See Also