A Manitoba woman is crediting her cat with saving her from a fire that destroyed their home earlier this week.

The blaze started in the attic of Lisa Kosior's house in Brandon, Man., early Sunday morning.

Kosior said she was fast asleep when her cat, Opal, leapt onto her bed and started meowing.

"I was just sound asleep and my cat Opal was meowing and meowing and meowing, in a different type of meow that is not her usual, and I knew something was up," she told CBC News in an interview Tuesday.

'This meow was a different meow, like, "Hey man, time to get up, get out, wake up."'—Lisa Kosior

"So when she woke me up, I woke up to the sound of this crackling sound in my house."

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Opal the cat (Courtesy of Lisa Kosior)

Kosior said because the fire started in the attic, none of the smoke detectors went off.

Kosior had enough time to gather a few possessions and, along with Opal, run out of the house.

The ceiling collapsed minutes after they escaped, she said.

Kosior said the collapsed ceiling would have landed on her, while she was sleeping in bed, if it was not for Opal.

"She was just very persistent and in waking me up," Kosior said.

"Sometimes I choose to ignore her when she meows. But this meow was a different meow, like, 'Hey man, time to get up, get out, wake up.'"