An estimated 100 animals died when an overnight fire filled an Indianapolis pet shop with thick smoke and deadly gases.
It took firefighters about an hour to put out the fire at Uncle Bill’s Pet Center Monday night because they had difficulty accessing the fire in the back roof of the building, Indianapolis Fire Department said.
After extinguishing the flames that had filled the building with thick black smoke, the crews discovered “some terrible tragedy” inside with about 40 dogs, 25 parakeets, rabbits and other animals killed by inhaling smoke battalion chief Rita Reith said in a press release.
“The animals were still in their respective cages and simply succumbed to the deadly gases created by the smoke,” Reith wrote.
Several reptiles, fish, an office cat and a “resilient guinea pig” that survived the fire were removed from the building and assessed by staff at the pet shop.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.