Carson City, NV - A Carson City family is trying to rebuild their lives after losing everything when their home burned down. Their community has been rallying around them since that fateful day two weeks ago. And tonight, another little sign of hope.
"Right here, we have little Spirit," says Susan Paul, Carson Tahoe SPCA director.
Wrapped in a soft blanket, this little kitten is a handful of hope.
"He was caught in the fire. He has 3rd degree burns on his feet, legs," says Paul.
The seven-week-old kitten survived a house fire that burned down a home on Wialaki Street in Carson City. Five cats died. Four others, including Spirit, survived. But he was almost put to sleep because his wounds were so severe.
"We thought he had so much spirit and determination that we just couldn't give up on him," says Paul. She says veterinarians at the Lone Mountain Animal Hospital have also been instrumental in Spirit's care. They've been checking up on him regularly.
The family Spirit was living with isn't giving up either. You can see what's left of Eleanore Muscott's home, where she lived with her daughter and two young grandkids. It's not much.
Neighbors still relive the day sparks flew from someone welding and ignited the flames that tore through the home.
"Oh the community was out here. Everybody that seen the smoke. The fire, they were out here and they were all throwing dirt," says John Evans, who lives next door.
"We did as much as we could to the point where it was out of our control."
Evans suffered burns to his arm and face. But says nothing could have stopped him from jumping in that day.
"Because she's our neighbor. And that's what we do out here," he says.
The family is staying at a local hotel. But each night, at least one family member camps out on the property in a tent to keep watch.
"I feel extremely bad for (Eleanore)," says Wally Evans, a neighbor. "But she'll rebuild. And things will come back for her. The community will help her and do that."
Eleanore's daughter, Liz, spoke with KOLO 8 News Now and says they're hoping to move into a home on the same street. Community members have been holding fundraisers for the family to try to raise funds to help them rebuild their lives. This Saturday (August 6), the Sierra Boys of Summer baseball team will host a car wash at Atkins House of Carpet at 4261 Highway 50E. It will run from 11am to 4pm and donations will be accepted. One of the children who lived in Eleanore's home is a member of the baseball team.
Anyone who wants to help can donate at any Wells Fargo Bank Branch. A fund called the Eleanore Muscott Fire Recovery Fund has been set up. The account number is