“Worst Nightmare:” Over 20 Cats Killed in Fire at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
ORLANDO, Florida – More than 20 cats were killed Wednesday night when a fire broke out at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.
The fire was reported at 10:21 p.m. at the shelter on Conroy Road near the shopping center in Millenia.
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Orange County Fire Rescue said the facility was “50% involved” when firefighters arrived.
Several cats and dogs were rescued, but 23 cats did not survive, according to Steve Bardy, executive director of Pet Alliance.
“If you run a shelter, it is literally your worst nightmare to see your building on fire and know that there are animals in there that you are responsible for looking after, and you cannot enter,” Bardy said. .
Bardy said it appears the fire started in the front of the building, but the cause of the blaze is under investigation.
Pet Alliance was scheduled to close its veterinary clinic on Friday.
Looks like Pet Alliance staff just got two cats out of the building and put them in a cage. Remarkably, they are still alive. pic.twitter.com/JEOVuKjarF
– Roberts’ Treasure (@ News6Treasure) September 16, 2021
Orange County firefighters are still at the scene of what was a massive blaze last night. Teams are setting up hot spots at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. Several engines are on the road leading to the building. We are told that the fire started around 10:30 p.m. last night. pic.twitter.com/HkTiUzwMTn
– Treasure Roberts (@ News6Treasure) September 16, 2021
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