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SPRING, Texas -- In the midst of a fire fight at a northwest Harris County apartment complex, firefighters fought to save a pair of cats that were struggling to breath and barely holding on.

The rescue that was captured on video showed the cats gasping for air while firefighters cooled them down with bottled water.

The blaze at the complex located on Ella Boulevard near Kuykendahl, damaged several units. Antonette Farmer lives in the unit where the fire began.

"It was just smoky," said Farmer. "Smoke was coming out the wall. I was like, let's get what we can and get out."

So Farmer ushered her small children to safety and tried to bring her two pet cats along with them. Antonette said she kept pulling her cats out of the apartment but because they had never been outside before, they kept darting back inside.

"So I was like hopefully the firefighters can get to them before the smoke does," said Farmer.

In the midst of the heat and humidity, firefighters managed to rescue several trapped animals. They cooled them off and watched as they started to shake it all off.

Antonette's cats were among the lucky ones. The news gave residents who lost belongings something to celebrate, the firefighters who routinely risk so much.

"I think they've done a really good job," said a fire victim named Roxanne. "Every time I walk by one I say thank you."

Several units were destroyed. The cause remains under investigation. And there were no injuries to either people or pets.

"They do a lot for the community," said Farmer. "It's not the first time I've seen them over here putting out a fire. I have to say God bless them."

The Red Cross was assisting displaced residents.

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