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Hennessy The Cat Leaps From Burning Fifth-Floor Apartment, Lands On Its Feet And Walks Away

After a fire broke out on a fifth-floor apartment in Englewood, a black cat made a major leap.

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ENGLEWOOD — A black cat defied its unlucky rap Thursday by leaping from a burning fifth-floor apartment in Englewood on Thursday and bouncing to safety.

The Chicago Fire Dept. was battling a blaze at the Eastwood Garden Apartment at 6531 S. Lowe Ave. The fifth-floor apartment’s tenant fled, but the cat was still inside, said Fire Dept. spokesman Larry Langford.

“They tried to coax the cat out, and the cat ran deeper into the apartment and got on the window ledge,” Langford said. “…The cat started to get closer to edge and looked like it was trying to make a decision on how to navigate the air.”

The cat then spread its arms as far out as possible, hopped five stories down, and bounced once on the ground before landing perfectly, a daring escape caught on video.

Langford said he’s never seen anything like it before. He later told reporters the cat’s name is Hennessy and neighbors were still looking for the cat Friday.

“That’s one lucky cat,” Langford said. “I didn’t expect it to go that well, but I’m glad it did.”

Langford said the cat was last seen walking around the building trying to find another way in. No injuries were reported from the fire.

“Being a black cat, with the luck they’re supposed to have, everything worked out well,” Langford said. “Unless it was the cat that turned something over on the stove. But we might not ever know.”

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