the cat's name is Oreo and he decided he'd rather save his human companions than watch them die in a fire. after reading a few quotes, we wonder why he would have bothered (though we are glad he did):
Diane Busscher "awoke to hear the family's black cat howling and screeching from the garage, where it spends its nights." - (source)
"To be honest, most of the family doesn't like cats," Jesse Busscher said from a Grandville hotel where his family is staying. "We love it now. This thing is getting some tuna tonight."
ok, the family doesn't like cats so they get one and leave it in the garage at night. as if that wasn't bad enough for poor Oreo, it suddenly bursts into flames. can you imagine what this poor cat must have been thinking? "these people really hate me."
in all the coverage, we get no picture of our hero cat (hence the cookie-shot). we all know if this was a dog, we'd be getting a pic of something other than a burned out house. i have to wonder though, is it possible Oreo started the fire to escape the misery of a cold Michigan garage? the fire department seems to have ruled it out, but i'm not so sure...