Pet Cat Found Alive and Reunited with Family Days After Their Cleveland Home Was Destroyed by Arson

The feline, named Evelyn, was brought to a vet after being discovered

<p>Getty</p> Cat paw prints (stock image)


Cat paw prints (stock image)

One Cleveland family was reunited with their pet cat earlier this week after she was believed to have been lost to a house fire that authorities think was started intentionally.

Cecilia Li and her husband Felipe Freitas initially feared the worst about their cat, named Evelyn. "She's been with me my entire adult life through everything," Li told News 5 Cleveland.

But when the feline was found alive days later inside the damaged house, she was brought to a vet and determined to be doing okay, the outlet reported.

The family's dog Salami, however, was killed in the fire, according to a GoFundMe page set up for Li, her husband and their 7-month-old baby.

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<p>Hannah Lee/GoFundMe</p> Cecilia Li and Felipe Freitas' house after the fire

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Cecilia Li and Felipe Freitas' house after the fire

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In a statement to News 5 Cleveland, the Cleveland Division of Fire said investigators believe the fire was set using an ignitable fluid.

"It's intentionally set on the front porch on the front of the building, and that's what spread it to the house and to adjacent houses and the cars, unfortunately totaling over $700,000 in damage," said Cleveland Fire Public Information Officer Mike Norman.

Authorities are still looking into the incident. They brought a K-9 in from the Painesville Township Fire Department to help with the investigation.

"He's trained to detect ignitable liquids. Trace amounts of those ignitable liquids will come through typically after the fire, and he'll help me find if there's any left," Lt. Gordon Thompson told News 5 Cleveland.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact the Fire Investigation Unit at (216) 664-6380.

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