Cat jumps from burning building completely unharmed and lives to tell the tale

Cat jumps from burning building: black cat climbs building
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Ever wondered if our feline friends really have nine lives? Prepare to be amazed as one very fortunate cat jumps from a burning building and survives completely unharmed. 

In a video taken by the Chicago fire police department and posted by Guardian News, a black cat can be seen hurtling towards the ground to escape an apartment fire. 

Department staff were taking a video of the exterior of the building as firefighters were extinguishing the blaze when a black cat appeared through billowing smoke at a broken window. 

The feline briefly tested the side of the building with its front paws, then jumped from the fifth-floor. A brief noise can be heard that sounds almost like a cat's meow, followed by the crowd's shocked gasps.

Cat jumps from burning building

Cat jumps from burning building: The fortunate feline made their great escape from a fifth-floor window, as captured in footage taken by the Chicago fire police department. (Image credit: Chicago Fire Department)

Miraculously, the cat missed a wall and instead landed on all four paws on a patch of grass, bounced once then ran away.

The cat survived the leap completely uninjured and the fire department are currently trying to track down its owner.

“It went under my car and hid until she felt better after a couple of minutes and came out and tried to scale the wall to get back in,” fire department spokesman Larry Langford told The Guardian.

No injuries were reported after the fire, which was confined by the firefighters to one apartment. The cause of the fire nor how much damage it created hasn’t been reported by officials at the present time. 

Watch the incredible moment it happened below.

Ashleigh Gibbs
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Ashleigh is Digital Editor on PetsRadar. With over 8 years of experience in print and digital media, she has acted as an editorial lead on a variety of projects, with animal themes a keen interest. As an avid animal lover, you can often find Ashleigh checking out the newest trends in animal care or looking at cute cat videos on TikTok.