Firefighters say dozens of animals are dead following a fire at the central Florida animal sanctuary, Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary.
Orange County Fire Rescue officials posted on Twitter that the fire broke out early Monday at Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary near Orlando. In a series of tweets, fire officials said the owner of the animal rescue was asleep in an upstairs bedroom when he was awakened by peacocks squawking.
The fire was reported just after 1:30 a.m. at Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary on Baron Road.
Officials say he was able to save some of the animals while a neighbor called 911.
#PHOTOS Baron Rd #workingfire neighbors called 911 as the homeowner, and @WildlifeOrlando founder, tried to save his animals. Yoshi was the only one of four dogs to make it out. pic.twitter.com/R61AVPNPCi
— OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) February 4, 2019
Neighbor Denis Moredo tells WFTV he heard an explosion and saw flames coming from the home. He says he saw a swan running across the road to escape the blaze.
Officials say dogs, snakes and tortoises died in the fire. Fire rescue officials said they don’t believe any dangerous animals got free as a result of the fire. Flames destroyed the home before firefighters tamped them down after a 40-minute fight. No humans were hurt.
An investigation into what caused the fire continues and will be determined by Florida Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations.
Dozens of Animals Die in Fire at Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary