- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A Eugene, Ore., woman trapped in her second-floor apartment by a fire awoke to hear her neighbors yelling at her to get out.

The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/sTOkGe) that Tami Howard’s neighbors positioned an aluminum extension ladder outside her bedroom window late Monday night.

First, she dropped her 65-pound Australian shepherd out the window to the crowd about 10 feet below. Neighbors partially broke the dog’s fall and he was OK.

Then Howard climbed down. She says she felt “like a horrible person” for leaving behind her two cats but arriving firefighters quickly rescued them. One cat ran off but was found by Tuesday evening.

The fire started on the front porch of the 109-year-old building, blocking the front doors to the three apartments. Residents of one downstairs unit exited through a back door. Another woman fled through a window, hurting her arm.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. One dog died.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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