More than 100 firefighters rescued more than 100 animals from a burning pet store on early Monday morning in a Los Angeles shopping center that also houses the homebase of the Grilled Cheese Truck. Authorities report that the pet store did not have fire sprinklers.
LAFD responders pulled puppies, rabbits, fish, mice, birds and other animals from Kim’s Pets & Fish at the intersection of Vermont Avenue at Lexington Avenue.
No people were injured, but some animals did die, according to authorities. The Associated Press reports that the store's owner took the rescued animals to another pet store.
NBC LA has raw video of the blaze and of the creatures being taken out — by cage and by hand — and treated at the scene in front of the heavily damaged building.
According to the LAFD, the fire was reported around 6 a.m. and was extinguished in 55 minutes, CBS LA reports:
The fire started around 6 a.m. at 1188 N. Vermont Avenue, near Lexington Avenue. ... It took 128 firefighters 55 minutes to knock down the fire, which caused the building’s roof to collapse, according to Assistant Chief Andy Fox.
The department rescued 100 animals, including puppies, mice, rabbits, frogs and fish from Kim’s Pets & Fish. However, “several birds, mice, guinea pits and fish succumbed and were later discovered in the heavily damaged and non-fire sprinklered pet store,” according to Brian Humphrey of the LAFD. ... Glass fish aquariums inside the store broke during the fire.
The business tweeted early Monday that they would be closed until Wednesday due to "technical difficulties:"
DOORS DOWN until WEDNESDAY (at the earliest) as technical difficulties have us pulling our stops until then! #apologies— Grilled Cheese Truck (@grlldcheesetruk) June 10, 2013
Following up, hours later, they thanked their followers for the "well wishes:"
Thanks to all of you for the well wishes!! We're tough! Our cheese melts--not us! Updates to follow...— Grilled Cheese Truck (@grlldcheesetruk) June 10, 2013
Emails to the company regarding possible damage sustained in the fire were not immediately returned. It was unclear how the fire started. The cause was under investigation.