MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — At first glance, Darby may seem like any other cat, but Suzette Mason and her mom definitely think that without that feline they wouldn’t be alive.
Two weeks ago a home on Azalea Road in Mobile caught fire. Suzette Mason says Darby pawed at her until she woke up, giving her and her 84-year-old mother Joan Williamson just enough time to escape the burning building alive. Mason is still in a back brace from injuries she received after jumping out of the second story window. Her mother is still in the Springhill Medical Center ICU. Mason is just glad they’re still here to talk about it, thanks to Darby.
“I’m thankful, I’m thankful to all above that she had the strength to wake me up and she knew something I mean I believe that’s why she woke me up in the house was because of the fire,” said Suzette Mason.
At first, Mason thought Darby died in the fire but days later discovered it was a different cat, named Abigail, that didn’t make it.
Family members are still trying to raise money to help restore the home. They tell us Joan Williamson could no longer afford homeowner’s insurance as her husband got terminally ill. They’ve set up a Go Fund Me page for donations.