Hilliard family discovers cat survived apartment fire by hiding in basement

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HILLIARD, Ohio - A Hilliard family had some harrowing moments Monday as their home was burning and family members were jumping from windows to escape.

They lost just about everything. But after the flames were put out, a discovery lifted their spirits.

The Norwich Township Fire Department told 10TV the fire started at the apartment on Parkside Court just before 2 a.m. Monday.

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The mother told 10TV she went to bed around midnight when she was woken up by a smoke alarm.

The fire department said she managed to escape out the basement back door, then ran around to the apartment's front door and banged on it to alert her children.

She said her 18-year-old daughter jumped off of the second-floor window and her 17-year-old son jumped out a back window.

She said her 15-year-old son was asleep in the living room at the time but was able to escape through the kitchen and then out a back door.

The family lost two pets, a dog and a cat, in the fire.

Hours after the fire, a man who works at the complex started looking around what was left of the home.

The family had a third pet, a cat named Jinx, who was found huddled up in a basement corner. The worker reunited Jinx with his family.

Norwich Fire Battalion Chief Dave Baird confirmed a candle on the first floor started the fire.

In addition to the family displaced by the fire in their apartment, smoke damage to other units displaced 10 people.