ORLANDO, Fla. – A fire claimed the lives of 23 cats Wednesday night at a pet shelter in Orlando, the authorities said.
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According to WFTV, the incident happened at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando on Conroy Road. Orange County Fire Department rescue crews arrived shortly before 10:30 p.m. to find flames in about half of the 5,000-square-foot facility, the outlet reported.
Update at 1:05 p.m. EDT September 16: Officials says WFTV that the fire likely started at the front of the clinic in an area adjacent to the cat area. The news station reported that 19 cats survived the fire, including a pregnant cat and two others who were rescued Thursday morning.
Original report: Authorities said around 25 dogs and 35 cats were in the shelter when the fire happened, according to WFTV. By 12:30 p.m. Thursday, all the dogs and about 10 cats had been rescued, officials said. It is estimated that 20 to 30 cats likely died in the fire, Pet Alliance executive director Steve Bardy said. told the media.
Crews were still battling the fire, which apparently started at the front of the facility near where the cats are kept, early Thursday, WFTV reported.
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