Missing cat, Purple Heart found in home damaged by south side blast

Family has recovered all 4 pets

INDIANAPOLIS - A missing family cat has been rescued from the ruins of a home near the center of the deadly south side house explosion.

Fire Capt. Rita Burris said the black cat named Gidget had been missing since the fiery blast late Saturday night.

A federal investigator found Gidget on Friday hiding behind a couch in the home of her owners, Glenn and Gloria Olvey. Burris said the cat was scared but otherwise in good condition.

The Olveys already had recovered their other three pets. Cindy, a shepherd-retriever mix, escaped the house after the blast and waited for the family  by the back fence; Aimee, a miniature pinscher, was found wandering through the home and dragging a blanket two days after the explosion; and Socker, an American shorthair cat, was trapped by Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

The family lives next door to the house where the blast is believed to have originated.

Glenn Olvey said the blast hurled him from the family room to the kitchen and trapped him, his wife and his two teenage daughters when their roof collapsed.

Glenn Olvey said within a minute of the blast, two teenage neighbors and an off-duty Lawrence firefighter helped the family evacuate the house.

Investigators also recovered the Purple Heart and American flag of Glenn Olvey's father, who was a World War II veteran.

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