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Curious cat rescued from St Michaels Church, Borehamwood, by firefighters
Curiosity got the better of this cat when she went on a week-long escapade and ended up trapped in a church’s bell tower.
Inquisitive moggy Izzy had to be rescued by firefighters when she got stuck in the belfry at St Michael's Church, Brook Road, Borehamwood, at 5pm yesterday.
The black and white feline went missing from Welham Close, Borehamwood, last Saturday and when she did not return, her owner Bev Keighrey feared her beloved pet had died.
But a passer-by spotted the kitten on the roof of the church on Saturday, and church warden Pat Clarke rang the RSPCA for advice.
After the RSPCA tried to coax her down to the ground, they were forced to contact nearby Borehamwood Fire Station to help.
The sight of the firefighters' ladder was nothing short of overwhelming to the 17-month-old cat however, who ran across the roof and fell into the bell tower - but got trapped behind chicken wire.
Mrs Clarke said: “It was quite a sight to see. I wasn’t sure how they’d be able to get the cat down at all - it was in a very awkward tangle.
“She ran across the roof and fell into the belfry, but got caught in the chicken wire we use to keep the pigeons out.
“The firemen were so respectful of the fact this is a church. I take my hat off to them.”
The dramatic rescue operation took over two hours and had Izzy tried to climb down from the roof herself, she would have been faced with a 30ft drop.
Firefighters said the “hero of the hour” was their colleague Brian Chamberlain, who managed to bring the cat to safety.
Firefighter Lee Oliver, who also attended the rescue, said: “We found her on the flat roof of the church but she got scared and ran straight into the belfry, but got caught.
“Brian managed to lift her out of the wire and catch her before she ran away- he’s the real hero here.
“She was terrified when Brian caught her. It certainly made for an interesting day and I’m pleased we were able to reunite the cat with her owner.”
Nobody knows how Izzy managed to climb the roof - but her owner Ms Keighrey was relieved to have her cat back home.
Mother-of-four said: “She is home - dirty, hungry and a bit dazed but she is safe. I am so happy I could cry. My children were so relieved - she's become quite the local celebrity now.”
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