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Noah the cat came back 5 days after fire destroyed Chilliwack family’s home

Family of four escaped alleged arson on Victoria Avenue but several guinea pigs died
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Turns out Noah isn’t a goner after all.

The cat came back.

Five days after an alleged arson destroyed a family home on Victoria Avenue, the cat that went missing returned.

A man and a woman, who we are not naming to protect their safety, and their two boys, aged five and 11, escaped the fire reported at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20.

The family was asleep at the time of the fire and were awakened by the smell of smoke.

READ MORE: Several pets perish in early morning fire that destroyed house near downtown Chilliwack

They made it out although the woman broke her hand in the process. Several guinea pigs, including babies, died.

RCMP and Chilliwack Fire Department investigators on the scene on Feb. 22, 2023 where a home on Victoria Avenue was destroyed in a suspicious blaze in the early hours of Feb. 20. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)RCMP and Chilliwack Fire Department investigators on the scene on Feb. 22, 2023 where a home on Victoria Avenue was destroyed in a suspicious blaze in the early hours of Feb. 20. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
RCMP and Chilliwack Fire Department investigators on the scene on Feb. 22, 2023 where a home on Victoria Avenue was destroyed in a suspicious blaze in the early hours of Feb. 20. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress) RCMP and Chilliwack Fire Department investigators on the scene on Feb. 22, 2023 where a home on Victoria Avenue was destroyed in a suspicious blaze in the early hours of Feb. 20. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

And while it was originally reported that a cat was killed, a family member said the cat was missing and may have escaped the fire. A family dog also escaped.

A trap was set up near the home in the hopes the cat would return, and sure enough on Saturday, Feb. 25, Noah the cat came back.

On a GoFundMe page set up to help the family, the fire is described as a “suspected arson/attempted murder,” something that has not been confirmed by police.

Chilliwack RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Krista Vrolyk did confirm there is a criminal investigation into the cause of the fire.

Anyone with information about this fire, they are asked to call the RCMP at 604-792-4611 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.upperfraservalleycrimestoppers.ca.


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