January 11, 1911 – F. A. McPherson, proprietor of the Mora Drug Company, who has living apartments over his drug store, was suddenly awakened from his slumber by his faithful house cat jumping onto his bed and scratching his face.
Upon awaking, McPherson found himself nearly overcome by suffocation, the room and building was dense with smoke and only by a miracle was he able to grope his way to an outside stairway and, slightly clad, with the mercury registering 20 below zero, he ran a block to give the alarm of fire.
The stock of drugs and merchandise, although not burned, are worthless from smoke and heat.
The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Cat Gives the Alarm. Saves Mora (Minn.) Man From Perishing in Fire.”; Jan. 11, 1911; p. 1.
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