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House in Ashes, but Cat Survives With PM-Fires Rdp

July 13, 1989

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) _ A newlywed couple looking through the ashes of what had been their home found most of their belongings destroyed by a wildfire. Their dog found a stray cat - singed but alive - inside the refrigerator.

″We lost everything. I don’t even have proof of who I am,″ said Laurie Voit-Perry.

Voit-Perry said she and her husband, Pete, a former University of Colorado football player, were married June 24 and were on a honeymoon until July 5, four days before the fire broke out.

The blaze, which started Sunday, burned 2,000 acres in the Boulder Canyon, and destroyed 37 homes and numerous other structures. Officials expected to bring it under control today.

The couple fled as fire engulfed the ridgetop house where they had planned to begin married life.

Voit-Perry, 29, said among the items lost in the blaze were wedding gifts, including cash, a gas barbecue and handmade quilts from friends.

″I would say, ’I’m going to take a picture of the property,‴ Voit-Perry said after looking over the damage Tuesday. ″Pete would say, ‘We don’t have a camera any more’ ... the realization is setting in.″

But her dog, Zack, sniffed at the refrigerator, which the cat somehow managed to use as a shelter.

The 3-year-old, 9 1/2 -pound female cat was taken to the All Pets Clinic in Boulder where it was treated for injuries to its paws and a high fever.

Dr. Brenda Gurule said it should survive.

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