Eight people are homeless after their home in West Haven caught fire on Wednesday evening.
Investigators said the fire started on the third floor of a multi-family home on Park Street.
One resident was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation, officials said. A firefighter was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion. No serious injuries were reported.
A tenant on the second floor refused to leave during the fire until she found her beloved cat, Oscar. "I was not leaving without him," said Rosemary Soldi of West Haven.
She promised to show loyalty to her pet even when firefighters told her to get out of the building.
Frightened by the noise, smoke and chaos, Oscar took off and hid in several places.
"I could have grabbed him if people would have just let me be," said Soldi.
Crews eventually found Oscar and brought him to safety.
"This cat has brought me through every horrible thing in my life, and I wasn't going to leave him behind."
Firefighters gave Oscar an oxygen mask before he was taken to an animal hospital. The cat is expected to be okay.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Crews said lightning does not appear to be a factor.
It is unclear at this time what caused the fire.
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