Montgomery Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial fire Tuesday morning on Commercial Row just off Highway 105 and minutes from their station.
The call originally came in from a supervisor at MCHD station 43 which is next door to the building. On arrival it was quickly determined that it would be a defensive fire. As one of the Montgomery firefighters was using a saw to cut the steel roll up doors he cut his hand severely.
MCHD transported him and a second alarm was called for man power bringing in Conroe, Lake Conroe, North Montgomery County and Magnolia Fire Departments.
The businesses Xtreme UTV Works an ATV fabricator, Boyd Construction and Creative Signs were all destroyed. The fire was brought under control close to 7am. As firefighters were looking for hot spots they discovered a small black kitten in one of the buildings. The kitten was brought out and was not responding. It was then that firefighter Paul Ranges saw the kitten move and immediately attempted to revive the kitten. At the time it was just below freezing and the kitten had been in the smoke filled offices for over an hour. In addition to have been found lying in the cold water on the floors.
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He administered oxygen for well over an hour and sitting in the back of the ladder truck attempted to warm the kitten with a towel and his own body heat. Close to 8am as he returned the tanker to the station he took the kitten to his own vet. Still awaiting word on the kittens condition.
The injured firefighter remained in surgery for most of the day and is in stable condition with a severe hand injury.
Jimmy Williams with the Montgomery County Fire Marshals Office spent most of today at the scene with the help of his staff and ATF in an attempt to determine the cause.
UPDATE: The injured firefighter was out of surgery as of late Tuesday afternoon and doctors are optimistic.
On a sad note, despite everyone’s best effort, the kitten did not survive.