10/23/2012 at 05:00 PM EDT
A fire blazed through a Portsmouth, N.H., couple's home Tuesday, damaging their historical home dating back to 1742. But there was a glimmer of hope for Dave Adams and his wife, whose 17-year-old cat survived the devastation – with some serious help from firefighters.
To the cheers of onlookers, firefighters carried Tiki Bear out of the house, which Adams, a carpenter, had spent the last 25 years renovating, reports local news outlet WMUR
. The firefighters then administered oxygen and the cat began breathing again.
Tiki Bear was later checked into a veterinary clinic to seek treatment for smoke inhalation.
The cat's owners were at work when neighbors noticed the fire and notified authorities. No one was injured, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation, officials said.