Missing cat returns home 6 days after Rock Hill fire

Topaz the cat returned home six days after going missing in a Rock Hill apartment fire.

Two of Ruthie Strubbe’s cats were rescued from the March 1 fire at Eagles Landing, near Cherry and Ebinport roads. The blaze displaced six families, including Strubbe.

Strubbe, who lived at the apartment complex since 2008, cried as firefighters brought out Gracie and Josie. But Topaz was no where to be found. Officials believed the orange tabby was able to escape on her own.

Monday morning, Topaz walked back through the front door of the burned apartment while Strubbe was inside.

“I was over in the corner emptying a box and all of a sudden she went by,” Strubbe said. “I said ‘Topaz! Topaz!”

The skittish cat let Strubbe pick her up briefly but then wiggled out of her arms and ran to hide. Strubbe used treats to coax the cat out from under the bed.

Topaz was “kind of skinny” but otherwise in good health. She was purring after being reunited with Strubbe.

“I said, ‘Oh bless her heart she must be feeling OK,’” Strubbe said.

Earlier Monday morning, Strubbe asked God for a sign to show if Topaz was still alive.

“Praise God,” Strubbe said. “He answered my prayer.”

Now Topaz is at a neighbor’s house with the other two cats until Strubbe has a new home.

Fire officials have not yet determined a cause of the blaze.