Winchendon Fire Department



Winchendon Firefighters Rescue Cat

WINCHENDON – It wasn't the usual tale of a cat stuck in a tree. Instead, Winchendon firefighters found themselves using dish soap to rescue a cat whose head was stuck in a storm drain grate.

Winchendon firefighters responded to Maple Street to find a 1-year-old cat that had gotten her head wedged in a grate when she tried to make her way out of a storm drain.

"When we arrived, the cat was barely breathing and moving as she was hanging from the gate," firefighters wrote on the Winchendon Fire Department Facebook page.

Firefighters removed the gate and stood it upright so the cat could breathe.

Crews then used dish soap, applying it around the cat's neck, and worked her head back out of the grate.

Winchendon firefighters called it a "very unusual rescue," but, in the end, a "feel good animal story."

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Press Release – In response to two recent fire events, the Winchendon Fire and Police Departments would like to notify the community of the following information. On May 1, 2016 there was a house fire at 230 Maple Street. This fire was investigated using a K9 from the Massachusetts State Police Fire Investigation Unit as well as local investigators. As a result of this investigation there were no indications to suggest an intentionally set fire. Investigators could not rule out either electrical failure or careless disposal of smoking materials. On June 4, 2016 there was a motor vehicle fire reported at 236 Maple Street. This fire was investigated jointly by the Winchendon Fire and Police with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police Fire Investigation Unit and a K9 from the Phillipston Police Department. This call showed obvious signs of arson leading to the posting of arson reward posters at the scene. Anyone with information related to this incident should contact the appropriate authorities. This investigation is ongoing but at this time it appears that the two incidents are unrelated. The Winchendon Fire and Police Departments will continue to investigate all incidents with the same diligent manner used in the above incidents.




















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405 Central Street
Winchendon, MA 01475
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