LAFD Rescues Dozens of Animals in Pet Store Fire


A pet store on the 4700 block of Broadway in South Los Angeles was evacuated Wednesday morning as a raging fire required firefighters to rescue dozens of the store's birds, rodents, and exotic animals, along with tenants in an apartment above the building.

The pet store, which houses exotic pets such as lizards, birds, and turtles, was filled with smoke as the apartment building above the shop caught fire around 1:30 a.m.

Los Angeles Fire Department firemen arrived on scene to meet a pet shop succumbed by fire and smoke. They quickly extinguished the inferno throughout the two-story structure and proceeded with the clean-up effort.

Video from the scene shows dozens of firemen working hurriedly to put out the blaze. They can be shown carrying out glass containers housing rats and mice, along with bird cages. The Los Angeles Fire Department team battled the fire for about thirty minutes.

Fire department spokesman, Hector Fernandez, spoke regarding the pet store fire, stating "We had an electrical valve that caused us additional hazards. It definitely caused a serious concern for our firefighters because it was so close to the unit involved." Because of this, workforce from the Department of Water and Power were also called to the scene to help resolve the issue.

While there were no injuries as a result of the fire, an elderly couple from the upstairs apartments had to evacuate their home, resulting in them being displaced for an unknown amount of time. The animals, on the other hand, were placed back into their lodgings almost immediately after the clean-up effort started.

According to ABC 7, a cause for the fire has not yet been found. The Los Angeles Fire Department are still conducting an investigation to determine what exactly started the fire in the pet shop's building.