- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say seven kittens are recovering after they were rescued by firefighters in New Jersey during a practice fire.

NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/1TAw9XB ) 18 members of the Annandale Hose Company had been participating in a training exercise at a Clinton Township training center Monday evening when instructors and firefighters began hearing kittens.

Rescue officials say the distressed felines were gathered into a towel inside a box as heat in the building intensified and it filled with smoke. An oxygen tube was used to help the kittens recover.

The kittens were taken to an area veterinarian by several Pittstown animal volunteers.

The company says no mother was found. The average house fire reaches 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Monday’s training was designed to simulate basement and second-floor fires.

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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