Meet Miss Kit Cat, a tough little feline with a lot of heart. When the Angora Fire ripped through South Lake Tahoe in California, residents ran for cover but Kit Cat had other plans.

“I looked in the rear view mirror and saw the big plume of smoke and got really concerned at that point,” said Steve Yingling.

Steve and his family rushed to get out their home to save their dog and cat, reports CBS station KOVR-TV in Sacramento.

“I said get in the car, and as I grabbed a few things and as I opened the door, she took off and she just ran like a bullet,” said Jean Yingling.

Spooked by all the sirens and confusion, Kit Cat disappeared into a neighborhood going up in flames.

“I mean, when a cat takes off, what are going to do?” said Jean.

A few days later, the Yinglings wondered what happened to their home. They discovered it was nothing but a charred foundation.

And Kit Cat? They hoped for the best but, but it didn’t look good. When the family returned home, they were devastated: 16 years of family memories were burned away. Their last hope was finding Kit Cat.

From the bottom of a fireplace, Kit Cat appeared.

“Her little head stuck out and back in, and I said, oh kitty cat, and I ran to the car and got some food,” said Jean.

Kit Cat hid in a burned out chimney. Her paws were scorched and she was famished, but she survived.

“I don’t think I’d ever believe that she died. She such a smart, smart cat. I’ve never met a smarter cat in my life,” said Jean.