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    Fire at pet shop kills numerous animals

    NewsPets in generalTuesday 21 May 2013
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    A fire at a pet shop in Fulham, London killed dozens of animals including parrots, cats, hamsters and fish and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

    The Fish Bowl pet shop located in Fulham had a fire which started around 1.40AM when the fire service was called. Although no humans were injured in the blaze dozens of animals perished. On the flats above the pet shop, over 18 people were evacuated as a precaution. The fire was under control by 4.30am. London buses were diverted while the blaze was dangerous.

    Although animals such as parrots, cats, hamsters and fish perished, fire fighters were about to save the lives of snakes, lizards, guinea pigs and several rabbits. The exact number of animals that died was not known.

    The owners of the pet shop had looked after the premises for over 50 years and they were said to be devastated by the fire. The pet shop has been ran since 1964 and is a family-run business. They owners vowed to carry on trading despite the fire.

    Mrs Johnson said "We will carry on being the Fish Bowl. We've got to get ourselves together. We've got a lot of loyal customers, friends and staff and we've got to keep going."

    Now a cleanup operation is underway and the cause of the fire is under investigation but it is not being treated as suspicious.

    Station manager Matthew Barros said that “Firefighters did very well in this challenging fire and managed to save the lives of lots of animals. The shop has been badly damaged in the blaze, and it’s very lucky that no one was hurt.

    “Our fire investigation team is now working to find out what caused the fire.”

     

     

    Source: Standard

    Photo: Wikimedia

     

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