First responders work to save kittens from house fire near Lennox

LINCOLN COUNTY, S.D. — Multiple agencies responded to a serious home fire near Lennox on Wednesday.

The fire was reported around 1 p.m. at a single family home near 282nd Street and 469th Avenue. The home was fully engulfed in flames as units arrived.

“First responders fought hard but were unable to save the house and it is deemed a total loss,” said the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in a Facebook post. “There is some positive news that came out of this unpleasant situation though. While firefighters were battling the fire, they discovered six newborn kittens inside a small camper that was on fire near the rear of the residence.”

 The Sheriff’s Office says firefighters were able to rescue the kittens and worked with EMS personnel to administer life saving measures, including giving them oxygen. Their efforts paid off and the kittens survived. They were later brought to the Sioux Falls Humane Society for ongoing care.

Unfortunately, their mother perished in the fire, but the Sheriff’s Office says they’re doing well with the help of a surrogate mother. 

“The kittens received honorary names from the first responders,” said the Sheriff’s Office in its post. “Their names are Smokey, Fireball, Charcoal, Fahrenheit, Hot Spot and Ash.”



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