100 animals estimated to die in west side pet store fire

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INDIANAPOLIS – An estimated 100 animals perished as a result of smoke inhalation in a fire at Uncle Bill’s Pet Center on W. 38th Street on Monday night.

When Indianapolis firefighters arrived at the scene for what was originally sent as a fire alarm, they found thick smoke in Uncle Bill’s building.

As the blaze was brought under control in less than an hour, it was too late to save approximately 100 animals housed with Uncle Bill who died in the blaze. Authorities say the animals that died included around 40 dogs, 25 parakeets, rabbits and other assorted animals.

Several reptiles, fish, a guinea pig and an office cat survived. Live animals were removed and taken for evaluation by Uncle Bill’s vet.

The IFD reports that the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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