Owner says record-holding cats died in November house fire - WNEM TV 5

Owner says record-holding cats died in November house fire

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FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (WNEM) -

Two world-record holding cats reported missing after a fire gutted their owners' suburban Detroit home have been confirmed dead.

Will Powers wrote on Facebook Wednesday that the remains of Arcturus and Cygnus were found in a basement room.

>>Watch a YouTube video of the cats here<<

The blaze happened on Sunday, Nov. 12 on the 3400 block of Quaker Valley Lane in Farmington Hills.

Powers said his family had been working with an excavation crew for several weeks following the fire.

“Together with our family, our team sifted through rubble by hand in the hopes of eliminating the possibility that Arcturus, Cygnus and Sirius remained in the house along with our friend’s Yuki,” a statement posted on Powers’ Facebook page said.

The statement said despite Powers attempt to open as many doors as possible during the fire, the two cats remained hidden in the home and succumbed to smoke inhalation.

The family said the Guinness World Record-holding cats were best friends in life.

“…and it gives us a small amount of peace that they were together at the end of their amazing journey on this earth,” the statement said.

According to the statement, two other cats in the home are believed to be alive.

“We did not find any evidence that Sirius and Yuki remained in the home and our search for them continues,” the statement said.

Arcturus held the Guinness World Record for being the tallest domestic cat, measuring at about 19 inches. Cygnus was the domestic cat with the world's longest tail, measuring at more than 17 inches. 

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