Jaden, a Boxer mix, escaped with Jason Layton, Amo said, and a firefighter found another cat, Cookie.
Pastor Steve Estes of the West Davenport Free Baptist Church said the Laytons, a family more accustomed to giving than receiving, are overwhelmed by the response from the church and community. The church will continue receiving donations of cash and goods, said Estes, who is coordinating the effort. His telephone numbers are 432-7840 and 287-7914.
Layton said he went Sunday to his job as a machine operator at the Chobani yogurt plant in South Edmeston. The house may be gone, he said, but bills still have to be paid. He praised fire crews for their efforts.
“Our hearts go out to the firefighters who came down to help,’’ Layton said. “It means the world to us.”