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Miracle hamster survives Swan Valley condominium fire


THOMAS TWP., Mich. (WNEM) – A hamster in a Saginaw County teacher’s class survived a devastating fire.

Earlier this month, flames tore through several units at Swan Valley Condominiums in Thomas Township.

After the flames were extinguished, the Swan Valley Middle School hamster was missing and it was feared dead.

Firefighters found the hamster Monday morning in the rubble of the complex, running on his hamster wheel.

“We are amazed. We couldn’t believe he was still alive,” said Swan Valley Middle School teacher Autumn Blaesser.

The fire destroyed the property of around 30 residents, who all escaped unscathed.

A small furry resident was missing and thought to be dead.

“It’s a miracle, Lil Biscuit is alive!” said Blaesser.

“Lil Biscuit”, the hamster resides in his classroom during the school year, but lived in the Swan Valley condominiums during the summer.

“During spring break, Christmas break and summer I have a student who takes him home and takes care of him and the student was living in the shield condo fires. I was contacted early last week that he was not out of the fires and my student wanted to join him to bury him so firefighters were back yesterday morning searching the rubble and found him alive, under the rubble, spinning on its little wheel,” Blaesser said.

Lil Biscuit went 11 days without food, water or shelter.

“It was a miracle, my two children started crying, they were so happy,” Blaesser said.

Glad Lil Biscuit survived amidst the incinerated ruins.

“They said he smelled very, very bad when they picked him up from the fire department. So he’s got a new clean, sterilized cage, new toys, new food, new water, he’s living the good life now. , will come back the first day of school, safe and sound,” Blaesser said.

Huntington Bank on Gratiot Road is accepting donations for victims displaced by the fire.

Culver’s on Gratiot Road will donate 25% of all its Wednesday sales to the cause.


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