Four sooty kittens were saved from a flaming storefront in Bushwick on Sunday morning, after firefighters responded to a one-alarm blaze inside an appliance store near the Kosciuszko Street J station.
"[Firefighters] broke down the front glass window," said Joanna Shkrely, who lives across the street from Yuna Appliances, where the fire broke out. "It seemed to be a situation where there were stray cats in the building. They came across really small kittens in the basement."
"They didn't find the mother's body or anything like that," she added. "But they didn't reunite them with the mother either."
A spokesman for the FDNY said that 60 firefighters responded to 1123 Broadway near the corner of Dekalb Avenue around 9:40 a.m. on Sunday. The Daily News reports that the fire originated in the basement, and was under control in an hour. No humans were hospitalized, although one sustained a minor injury. The FDNY has yet to determine what caused the blaze.
As for the kittens, firefighters on the scene treated them with oxygen for smoke inhalation.
A large brown rabbit was also recovered from the blaze.
"I really like this rabbit," the survivor's 11-year-old owner Joshua Rodriguez told the News. "If he died I would feel sad. At first when I never took care of him I never used to like him, but now I started to like him… I have a relationship with the rabbit."