East Lancs rescue drama for cat on cold slate roof

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Firefighters set up the ladders to reach Marlow perched on the edge of the roof Firefighters set up the ladders to reach Marlow perched on the edge of the roof

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a rooftop siege with a difference – as an adventurous cat used up one of its nine lives.

Female tortoiseshell Marlow was rescued after seven hours stuck on top of a terraced house in Barnoldswick.

Marlow’s owners – chef William Jacques and his heavily pregnant wife, Michaela – praised crews who used a ladder to tempt down the marooned moggie.

Mr Jacques, 31, said he first noticed Marlow on the roof of a neighbour’s house in Valley Road at 8am last Tuesday.

He said: “We came downstairs in the morning and noticed the cat wasn’t in the house, then we heard it whining on the roof.

“It’s not normal for her to get up there.

“When she wouldn’t come down I rang the RSPCA and they said to leave her and she will come down after a while. She still wasn’t down at 3pm when I came home from work so they sent an inspector out straight away, who had the fire service here within 10 minutes.

“I was a bit anxious but so relieved when they got her down. She was all wet and crying but she’s ok now, just a bit shocked I think.”

RSPCA inspector Natalie Taylor said it appeared the cat had climbed up the back of the property, slid down from the apex of the roof, and refused to move from the guttering as she was so scared.

She said: “It had been raining so the tiles were slippy and she was at risk of sliding off the roof if she attempted to climb back up.

“She was two storeys high and was soaking wet and frightened.

“I called the fire service who attended as the cat had been up there for a number of hours.

“The fire service were brilliant, led by watch manager Mick Strickland.

“They very professionally and successfully rescued the cat within a very short time and returned her to her owners who were very grateful.”

William and Michaela’s son, four-year-old Finley, was on hand to give Marlow a cuddle once she was back on the ground, and three days later he had another reason to celebrate when his mum gave birth to his sister, Freya.

Comments (8)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:57pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Rich Riley says...

How much did this cost the tax payer? The British public do not pay their taxes so the over paid fire brigade can save cats, surely that is not why they are there.
How much did this cost the tax payer? The British public do not pay their taxes so the over paid fire brigade can save cats, surely that is not why they are there. Rich Riley
  • Score: -8

3:47pm Fri 28 Mar 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

Well I have luckily never had to phone the fire brigade so far in my lifetime and have been working non stop since 16 and paying council tax since 18 (26 now) so I will give some of my tax paying money towards this :)
Well I have luckily never had to phone the fire brigade so far in my lifetime and have been working non stop since 16 and paying council tax since 18 (26 now) so I will give some of my tax paying money towards this :) HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: 7

4:36pm Fri 28 Mar 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Rich Riley wrote:
How much did this cost the tax payer? The British public do not pay their taxes so the over paid fire brigade can save cats, surely that is not why they are there.
Over paid fire brigade, You ignorant uneducated plank. Some of these fire fighters probably were part time. Would you put your neck on the line for less than 6 grand a year which i am led to believe is what some retain lads get. Just let us all know what you think people risking there lives should be paid.
[quote][p][bold]Rich Riley[/bold] wrote: How much did this cost the tax payer? The British public do not pay their taxes so the over paid fire brigade can save cats, surely that is not why they are there.[/p][/quote]Over paid fire brigade, You ignorant uneducated plank. Some of these fire fighters probably were part time. Would you put your neck on the line for less than 6 grand a year which i am led to believe is what some retain lads get. Just let us all know what you think people risking there lives should be paid. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 5

5:29pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Rich Riley says...

ghost of sceptic wrote:
Rich Riley wrote:
How much did this cost the tax payer? The British public do not pay their taxes so the over paid fire brigade can save cats, surely that is not why they are there.
Over paid fire brigade, You ignorant uneducated plank. Some of these fire fighters probably were part time. Would you put your neck on the line for less than 6 grand a year which i am led to believe is what some retain lads get. Just let us all know what you think people risking there lives should be paid.
I'm uneducated? And here you are commenting without any facts at all, you're guessing! 'Probably part time' and 'led to believe they're on less than 6 grand a year'. If you're going to come on here attempting to slag me off then at least educate yourself with facts otherwise get back in your box.
[quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rich Riley[/bold] wrote: How much did this cost the tax payer? The British public do not pay their taxes so the over paid fire brigade can save cats, surely that is not why they are there.[/p][/quote]Over paid fire brigade, You ignorant uneducated plank. Some of these fire fighters probably were part time. Would you put your neck on the line for less than 6 grand a year which i am led to believe is what some retain lads get. Just let us all know what you think people risking there lives should be paid.[/p][/quote]I'm uneducated? And here you are commenting without any facts at all, you're guessing! 'Probably part time' and 'led to believe they're on less than 6 grand a year'. If you're going to come on here attempting to slag me off then at least educate yourself with facts otherwise get back in your box. Rich Riley
  • Score: -3

8:28pm Fri 28 Mar 14

sniper16 says...

Your spot on ghost of sceptic, it was a retained crew from Barlick on less than six grand a year. Ignore the bitter prat he is just a troll who failed to get in the fire service .
Your spot on ghost of sceptic, it was a retained crew from Barlick on less than six grand a year. Ignore the bitter prat he is just a troll who failed to get in the fire service . sniper16
  • Score: 0

9:23am Sat 29 Mar 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Rich Riley wrote:
ghost of sceptic wrote:
Rich Riley wrote:
How much did this cost the tax payer? The British public do not pay their taxes so the over paid fire brigade can save cats, surely that is not why they are there.
Over paid fire brigade, You ignorant uneducated plank. Some of these fire fighters probably were part time. Would you put your neck on the line for less than 6 grand a year which i am led to believe is what some retain lads get. Just let us all know what you think people risking there lives should be paid.
I'm uneducated? And here you are commenting without any facts at all, you're guessing! 'Probably part time' and 'led to believe they're on less than 6 grand a year'. If you're going to come on here attempting to slag me off then at least educate yourself with facts otherwise get back in your box.
I have the facts and have given them to you. Still waiting for your answer???
[quote][p][bold]Rich Riley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ghost of sceptic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rich Riley[/bold] wrote: How much did this cost the tax payer? The British public do not pay their taxes so the over paid fire brigade can save cats, surely that is not why they are there.[/p][/quote]Over paid fire brigade, You ignorant uneducated plank. Some of these fire fighters probably were part time. Would you put your neck on the line for less than 6 grand a year which i am led to believe is what some retain lads get. Just let us all know what you think people risking there lives should be paid.[/p][/quote]I'm uneducated? And here you are commenting without any facts at all, you're guessing! 'Probably part time' and 'led to believe they're on less than 6 grand a year'. If you're going to come on here attempting to slag me off then at least educate yourself with facts otherwise get back in your box.[/p][/quote]I have the facts and have given them to you. Still waiting for your answer??? ghost of sceptic
  • Score: -1

11:27am Sat 29 Mar 14

thoroughbred says...

Fire Brigade do a great job, every respect for them cos their families must give them comedy hell when they rescue a cat, but in this case, as it was a bit of a dangerous situation with the rain, why didn't the RSPCA simply take one of their long hooking poles to a loft window, they could've have thrown a sheet over the tiles to give **** some grip getting back up too.....simples really
Fire Brigade do a great job, every respect for them cos their families must give them comedy hell when they rescue a cat, but in this case, as it was a bit of a dangerous situation with the rain, why didn't the RSPCA simply take one of their long hooking poles to a loft window, they could've have thrown a sheet over the tiles to give **** some grip getting back up too.....simples really thoroughbred
  • Score: 0

5:46pm Sat 29 Mar 14

phil kernot says...

Well done lads shows that empathy is still out there :)
Well done lads shows that empathy is still out there :) phil kernot
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree