After the raccoons climbed down to safety, cheers erupted from the crowd of spectators.
Due to the thoughtful actions of the firefighters, tragedy was averted for two animals whose lives came so close to ending.
“Some people would ask, ‘Why save the raccoons?’” the fire department later wrote. “Life safety and property conservation are two priorities on a fire scene. Thanks to our crews for taking a few minutes to let the raccoons escape!"