A cat’s daring escape through a window in East Harlem as flames burned in an apartment was captured on video.
The fire scorched a second-floor apartment on 5th Ave. and 135 St. after 5 p.m. Saturday. Seven people were injured in the fire, including two police officers, authorities said. A 61-year-old man, who police believe started the fire during a domestic dispute, was taken into custody.
As the flames spewed out a window, a cat clung to the edge of the sill as several police officers are seen on the ground trying to coax it down, video obtained by NBC 4 News shows.
The orange tabby nervously stretches its paws out as massive balls of fire spit out the windows, the footage captured by Aaron Ganaway shows.
The cat then spends one of its nine lives and leaps, falling legs akimbo to the officers below, a trail of smoke in its wake, the video shows. It barely misses an air conditioner as it plummets.
The feline seems to land on the ground, slowed by the outstretched arms of the cops, the video shows. The cat, whose fur appears in the video to be singed from the flames, tries to flee the area, but it caught by a bystander, who then hands the animal off to police.
It isn’t clear who the cat belongs to, the news outlet reported. But the Animal Care Centers of NYC said the feline has been nicknamed Tom Cat and is in “pretty good shape” after suffering from smoke inhalation.
Cops identified the man behind the fire as Willie Manning, ABC 7 News reported. He faces multiple charges, including burglary and arson.
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