Bethel Acres family credits cat with saving them from fire

Wednesday, January 11th 2006, 6:03 am
By: News On 6

BETHEL ACRES, Okla. (AP) -- A Bethel Acres family is crediting their cat with saving them from a fire that destroyed their home.

Kelly Acres says their orange tabby named Sonic warned them about the fire well before the home's smoke detectors went off.

Berry's husband -- Shawnee High School teacher Bob Berry -- and two of their children already had left for school. Two other children were asleep.

Kelly Berry says she was in her bedroom watching the morning news when she heard Sonic meowing and hissing and found the cat pacing in front of the door to the garage. The laundry room was beginning to fill with smoke and the ceiling was on fire.

No one was injured in the blaze, but the home received about $175,000 in damage.