Cat alerts Johnston County woman to fire

Fire departments from Four Oaks, Blackmon's Crossroads, and Strickland's Crossroads went to the blaze along Juniper Church Road in Four Oaks. (Carter Rabil)

January 24, 2012 3:39:58 PM PST
Authorities say a Johnston County woman survived a fire Tuesday morning thanks to her cat.

Several departments fought the blaze along Juniper Church Road in Four Oaks.

Doris Holmes, 71, suffered second degree burns. She told fire officials that her cat woke her and alerted her to the fire.

Investigators ruled the fire accidental and said it appeared to be caused by a heater.

Holmes' home was destroyed.

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