Dozens of animals killed in fireplace at pet retailer in northwest Indianapolis

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Dozens of animals killed in fire at pet store in northwest Indianapolis

Firefighters arrived at Uncle Bill’s Pet Center on West 38th Street and found the building full of smoke.

INDIANAPOLIS – Dozens of animals died in a fire in a pet store in northwest Indianapolis Monday night.

Shortly after 9 p.m., firefighters were called to an alarm at the Georgetown Plaza Mall on the 4800 block of West 38th Street in northwest Indianapolis

The crews arrived and found thick black smoke filling Uncle Bill’s Pet Center in the square. An IFD spokesman estimates that 100 animals in the pet shop died as a result of smoke inhalation.

According to the IFD, around 40 dogs, 25 parakeets, rabbits and other various animals were killed in the incident. Several reptiles, fish, a guinea pig, and an office cat survived. The surviving animals are looked after by a veterinarian.

Firefighters initially had difficulty accessing the fire, which remained trapped in the roof area at the back of the pet shop. There was no communication with any of the other stores on the strip – however some said they had the smell of smoke wandering through the shared roof.

It was not known how long the fire had burned before alarms went off, but the building was full of heavy smoke when first responders arrived.

9:02 pm – An estimated 100 animals died as a result of smoke inhalation during a fire at Uncle Bill’s Pet Center 4829 W 38. Originally sent as an alarm, the building was heavily charged with thick black smoke upon arrival. The cause is being investigated. Under control in 1 hour pic.twitter.com/8kl4Msfdzw

– Indianapolis Fire Department @ (@IFD_NEWS) February 16, 2021

Firefighters had the fire under control in about an hour, but the cause is still being investigated.