Cats may have saved woman's life

Pet cats making noise on the patio after fire erupted early Friday may have saved a Columbus woman's life. All but one of her cats died in the blaze.

Nancy Waldrop, 52, of 5807 Catalina Drive, heard the cats after 2:30 a.m. and hurried to the patio, which she found engulfed in flames, said Chief Fire Marshal Thomas Streeter with Columbus Fire & Emergency Medical Services. Waldrop tried to stamp out the fire and was transported to St. Francis Hospital for treatment of minor burns to her feet and shoulder.

The call came in at 2:46 a.m. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, keeping the fire out of her house, which still sustained smoke damage, Streeter said.

Although the cause is officially listed as undetermined, Streeter said it may be electrical, due to a current overload. Extension cords were used to provide lights on the patio to help keep the cats warm.