Pet store fire kills nearly 100 animals

INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly 100 animals have been killed after a fire started at an Indianapolis pet store.

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Firefighters were called to a blaze that had started at Uncle Bill’s Pet Center, WISH reported.

At first, crews could not get to the flames that were burning on the back of the roof; luckily the fire did not spread to neighboring businesses where employees said they could smell smoke through the common roof, WTHR reported.

Eventually, firefighters were able to put the fire out, but not before dogs, parakeets, a rabbit and several other animals died because of smoke inhalation, WISH reported.

Some animals, like reptiles, fish, a guinea pig and the office cat survived and were evaluated by the store’s veterinarian.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.