[Updated 11:23 a.m., see below in bold:] According to a post on Facebook, after three houses burnt in a fire in Astoria on March 10th, a cat is now trapped on the roof – with no assistance in sight.
Thus far, neither NYPD nor FDNY will help get the cat down. FDNY responded to would-be cat rescuers who pleaded for help: “We don’t get paid enough.”
If this isn’t a situation where “New York’s Finest” and “New York’s Bravest” should be helping out, I don’t know what is!
From online sources, the fire appears to have occurred on March 10th
so this cat has been there for over 10 days.
Update: The cat has not been in the house since March 10th, thankfully; this cat is an outside cat. Five days ago, the house was opened up and the cat got inside and then they boarded it back up. She made it to the roof 3 days ago, trying to get down. This is when the FDNY refused to help.
We always hear how wonderful the Fire Department is … but not in this case in Queens:
My name is Tracy and I live in Astoria on 31st Ave. Around the corner from me on 23rd st, three houses burned over a week ago. I take care of several feral [cats], most of which I’ve been able to trap and get fixed [neutered]. One kitty has been trapped in the roof of the burned home for 3 days.
At about midnight, she emerged on the roof outside and cannot get down as it is 3 stories up. I have no way to save her. The 114th precinct said they would not help me. The fire department today told me they don’t get paid enough. I have called several news broadcasts and emailed them but no response yet.
Please help. The cat is on the roofs of 3085, 3087, and 3089 23rd St. If we could get a trap on the roof with some food, the cat would probably be in it in seconds as it [he or she] hasn’t eaten in three days.
Please help us!
The fire appears to have occurred on March 10th from this video on the scene:
FDNY 2nd Alarm in Astoria Queens on 23rd Street – Fire in the rear of two story frame attached – Three minor injuries – More photos at: #firstonscenephotos @thefirenews
Posted by FirstOnScenePhotos.com on Thursday, March 10, 2016
The cat likely came up to the roof because he or she realized there is no food inside the burnt house and that might be a way out.
Isn’t the Fire Department there to rescue people and animals?
Where did the family go? Maybe they think their cat died. This could be a spot of good news for them.]
Update: This is actually an outdoor cat that Tracy Levine looks out for and the cat made his or her way in five days ago when the building was open – and now needs to get out! Still an in animal-in-distress on a roof that the Police and Fire Departments should be willing to help.
** UPDATE MARCH 22: CAT RESCUED BY NYPD. SEE UP-TO-DATE STORY HERE.