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After A Fire Destroyed Her Apartment, Englewood Woman Asks For Help Finding A New Home — And Her Brave Cat Who Escaped

Leticia Brown said she's hoping a GoFundMe will help her find a new home as she continues looking for her cat, Hennessy.

The apartments at 6531 S. Lowe Ave, Hennessy the cat jumped out of a fifth-floor window to escape a fire on May 13, 2021.
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ENGLEWOOD — A week after a kitchen fire left her home in ruins, an Englewood resident has started a fundraiser in hopes of finding her beloved cat and starting anew.

Leticia Brown started a GoFundMe this week as she looks for a new place to live and continues searching for her cat, Hennessy.

Brown said she’d been out running errands last Thursday when she arrived home and found her apartment engulfed in flames.

According to Chicago Fire Dept. spokesman Larry Langford, fire crews quickly arrived on the scene and found Brown’s cat, Hennessy, indoors. Langford said the firemen tried to get Hennessy to come out of the apartment, but the black cat, instead, chose to use the window as an exit.

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

The video of Hennessy flying through the air and appearing to safely land and walk away quickly garnered attention on social media.

Down below, Brown said she watched stunned as her baby hopped from the window.

“I was so worried and I panicked,” Brown said. “I saw him on the top of the ledge and I was thinking, ‘please jump, baby,’ and he did. He made it over the wall. It was amazing. I never knew he could fly,” she said on Friday.

According to Langford, Hennessy quickly scurried under a car after his miraculous landing. He said the cat was last seen wandering around the building.

But a week after the fire, Brown said Hennessy still hasn’t been spotted.

She said the funds will hopefully help her relocate as she tries to bring Hennessy home.

“Right now, I am searching for my cat and also looking for a place to live,” she said in her GoFundMe description. “Anything you can do to help will be appreciated.”

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