Men in Superhero Costumes Rescue Cat in W.Va.

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A wax figure of Captain America featured as President Of The USA at Madame Tussauds.  (credit:  Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

A wax figure of Captain America featured as President Of The USA at Madame Tussauds. (credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

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MILTON, W.Va. — Batman and Captain America came to the rescue when a house in West Virginia caught fire.

Two men clad in the superheroes’ costumes saved a cat from the burning home in Milton.

John Buckland portrays Batman and Troy Marcum portrays Captain America as part of their business, Heroes 4 Higher. Media outlets report that they were entertaining children at an event Saturday when they saw smoke coming from the nearby house.

Both men ran to the house. They were joined by Sam Carr, who had just finished a benefit motorcycle ride.

Buckland and Carr kicked in the front door and Marcum threw a rock through a window to ventilate the front room.

“I said, ‘Captain, I need you to find the biggest rock you can find, and throw it through that window right there to let some of this smoke out of that front room,'” said Buckland, a former firefighter.

He said that he crawled into the front room and felt something furry. He grabbed the animal, ran outside and gave it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

“I don’t care what it is. I don’t care if it’s a Chia pet. It’s coming out,” Buckland said. “So I grab it, run out the door with it, put it in the yard. … And I’ll be if it wasn’t a cat.”

He said the cat hissed and swatted at him when it regained consciousness.

“It was actually pretty funny though, ’cause you had the whole Batman, Catwoman thing playing, you know?”

No one was home during the fire. Buckland, Marcum and Carr weren’t injured.

“We all talked afterward, and we agreed that we were just in the right place at the right time,” Carr said. “We did what anyone else would have done, costume or no costume.”

Firefighters say the fire began in a bedroom closet around a light fixture. An electrical problem is the suspected cause.

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