Video shows moment a lucky black cat jumps from the 5th floor window of a burning building and survives

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Video shows a cat landing unharmed after jump from fifth-floor of burning Chicago building. CFD Media/Twitter
  • A viral video shows a cat jumping from the fifth-floor window of a burning building in Chicago.

  • Onlookers screamed as the black cat takes a leap of faith, narrowly missing a wall as it falls.

  • The cat's owner said he hasn't been located yet.

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An incredible video shows the moment a cat lept out of the fifth-floor window of a burning building in Chicago this week and miraculously survives.

The video, taken by the Chicago Fire Department, shows the cat sitting on the edge of a window as black smoke billows from the building.

The cat, identified by its owner as Hennessy, then decides to take a leap of faith, narrowly missing a concrete wall as it falls.

As onlookers scream, the cat is seen landing on all four paws on a patch of green grass, bouncing once, before running off.

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"It went under my car and hid until she felt better after a couple of minutes and came out and tried to scale the wall to get back in," fire department spokesman Larry Langford, who filmed the video, said, according to the Guardian.

The cat did not appear to be injured, Langford added.

On Friday, the Chicago Fire Department tweeted that Hennessy had not returned home yet and that neighbors were still looking for him. His owner said he is a house cat that hardly goes out.

No injuries were reported from the fire, which was confined to one apartment. The cause is not yet known.

Cats can famously jump from high altitudes, often landing on their feet effortlessly. In 2018, a cat fell 32 stories from a New York building and lived to tell the tale.

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