MOUNDSVILLE - Last year, city resident James Joseph Carney allegedly threw a cat from the third-story window of his apartment building.
On Wednesday, Carney threw himself out that same window to avoid being engulfed in a fire.
According to witnesses, Carney jumped from the burning Simmons Apartment Building before dawn Wednesday to escape the flames. He broke both arms and legs in the fall
and was airlifted to a Morgantown Hospital for treatment.
In July, Carney was arrested after he allegedly tossed his cat from the window, telling a fellow resident he was "tired of it." His case was later bound over to a Marshall County grand jury, who indicted him on one count of animal cruelty
. Marshall County Prosecutor Jeff Cramer said Wednesday night Carney had a hearing scheduled before Circuit Court Judge Mark Karl for today, but it will be continued
In another twist, it may have been cats that saved Carney's life, along with the lives of the building's other occupants.
According to resident Larry Grimes, it was resident Becky Fahey, a Marshall County Circuit Court deputy clerk, who alerted residents to the fire after she was awakened by her cats, Henry and Ralph.
The cats did not survive.