4:07 PM EST, November 16, 2012
A family has been reunited with a cat that disappeared in the wake of the house explosion on the south side of Indianapolis.
Fire investigators rescued Gidget, a black American shorthair, from a home damaged by the explosion. The Indianapolis Fire Department said an ATF investigator found her hiding behind a couch Friday afternoon. Gidget was scared but in good condition otherwise.
Director of Homeland Security Chief Gary Coons reunited Gidget with owner Glenn Olvey.
Including Gidget, the Olvey family has recovered four missing pets. Cindy, a shepherd/retriever mix, escaped the home and waited by the back fence for the family. Investigators found a miniature pinscher named Aimee wandering through the home two days ago. Socker, an American shorthair, was returned to the family Thursday after being recovered by Animal Care and Control after the explosion.
The Olvey family has lived on Fieldfare Way since 2008. Glenn Olvey told firefighters the explosion threw him from the family room to the kitchen, sending debris raining throughout the house. His 14- and 15-year-old daughters were trapped on the couch; his wife was trapped in her recliner. Within a minute of the explosion, two teenagers and an off-duty firefighter helped Olvey’s daughters and wife out of the home. Olvey got out on his own.
Family members all suffered cuts, bruises and other injuries.