Update December 1, 2015 Love Bug has returned home. He’s very afraid and confused and doesn’t understand what happened to his home. A neighbor is offering a camper free of charge until Kay can get her life back in order. He’s even setting it up for her on the property.
A pet owner’s worst nightmare became a reality last night for a North Carolina woman when she lost her home and most of her pets to a fire, WCTI12 News reported November 28. The home was declared a complete loss and several cats remain unaccounted for.
Dorothy Kay Tyndall, 66, was at her Antioch Road home in Craven County Friday night when she noticed a fire in her living room. Craven County Fire Marshall Assistant Director Ira Whitford confirmed that after trying unsuccessfully to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher, Kay eventually had to be helped out of her home by a Good Samaritan neighbor.
Responding to the fire around 7:20 p.m. Friday were the Little Swift Creek Fire department and the Tri Community Fire Department. The flames were put out by 8 p.m., but it was too late for several of Kay’s pets, most of whom were rescues she saved who were either feral or abandoned.
Her dogs, Sophie and Lily, Baby as well as her cats Maggie Mae and two of the “trash pile” (feral) kittens weren’t so fortunate and were buried after being found in the debris.
Glory, TJ, Scoter and Linus are listed now as survivors. Lucy, Peaches, Mikey and Little Simon are still missing. Love Bug is missing, but Kay believes he’ll return to the property.
Kay announced on her Facebook page the search would continue Sunday as there’s a lot of remaining debris.
Kay was uninjured from the fire, but her heart is broken and she has nowhere to live. She’s in a safe place for now but will need to make other arrangements beginning Tuesday. She posted her thanks on her Facebook page stating
“I would like to thank my wonderful, loving, caring friends in my community, my town, my nursing friends, and my wonderful Facebook family. I so love all of you and I am incredibly humbled and overwhelmed by your love, your calls and comments, your concern and your support. This is the one true blessing in all of this. You will never know how deeply I love all of you! I know God has a plan for me. I just wish I hadn’t had to lose my babies!”
Kay is hoping someone out there has a camper she can use temporarily until she can get her life back in order. A fundraiser was set up to raise money to help Kay rebuild her life. The fire also destroyed Kay’s medication, which she had recently had filled. Her insurance refuses to cover the prescriptions a second time, leaving Kay to pay for them out of pocket or do without.
If you’d like to donate to Kay, the GoFundMe link is here. You may also donate directly through PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to contribute to her being able to stay longer than Tuesday, she’s at the Bridgepoint Hotel in New Bern (1101 Howell Rd, New Bern,NC 28562) and the number is 252 636 3637.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Follow Greenville Cats Examiner on Facebook.