GREEN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A house cat is credited with saving the lives of a Covedale family whose home filled with carbon monoxide Tuesday.
David Kecskes said he, his wife and two children are lucky to be alive.
All four family members were asleep when the gas started leaking from a boiler inside the Forestview Lane home.
David said the family cat, Boo, was meowing so loudly it woke everyone up. David and his wife got out of bed just in time to witness Boo fall unconscious.
"We just saw Boo fall and pass out right here. And then Ariana came out of her room, it's her cat, and she passed out right here," he said.
David rushed to get his family out of the house as they started to feel side effects of the poisonous gas.
"My daughter fainted in the hallway, my son fainted on the back porch and our cat fainted in the living room. And I'm dizzy and my mom's dizzy. And my wife's dizzy," David told 911 dispatchers.
Medics responded and transferred all four family members to the hospital. They have since been released.
The Assistant Green Township fire chief said a potentially lethal level of carbon monoxide was detected in the house.
"Had this situation gone on much longer the outcome could have been different," he said. "It's colorless, it's odorless, it's tasteless, so it is a silent, it's a silent killer if you will."
The family told investigators they had the home's HVAC worked on Monday.
The fire department said the leak came from the boiler that feeds the house's baseboard heating system.
The hero of the story, Boo the cat, went missing after all the commotion inside the house. Thankfully, Boo was found hiding in the basement later that night.