Firefighters rescued the two cats and treated them with oxygen at the scene (Picture: Runcorn Fire Station)

Heroic firefighters have been praised for rescuing two cats from a house fire in Runcorn and treating them with oxygen at the scene.

The animals were pulled from the burning building, in Halton Brook, Cheshire, on February 13 after a fire broke out on the ground floor.

No people were harmed in the blaze. The cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed.

Images from the scene showed the firefighters administering oxygen to the cats through specialist equipment, supplied by Smokey Paws. The organisation distributes pet oxygen masks to first-aid responders.

The cats were then both taken to the vets, and are now doing well, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said.

Runcorn Fire Station shared pictures of the rescue on Facebook and residents of the area shared their appreciation for the crew in return.

Both cats are now said to be doing well (Picture: Runcorn Fire Station)

One person wrote: ‘You are all heroes everyday. Thank you for the selfless job you all do. Respect.’

Another added: ‘Amazing. Thank you so much to you all for saving those precious kitties’ lives. You firefighters are such amazing people and we are so lucky to have you in our lives.’

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