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Old 02-04-2019, 09:17 AM   #1
Unhappy 33 animals killed in large fire at Orange County wildlife sanctuary


33 animals killed in large fire at Orange County wildlife sanctuary
Cause of fire investigated at Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary

By Gaby Nunez - Producer

Posted: 6:03 AM, February 04, 2019
Updated: 7:16 AM, February 04, 2019

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A fire broke out at Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary in Orange County early Monday morning, killing nearly three dozen animals, according to fire officials.

Neighbors reported the fire around 1:30 a.m. in the 800 block of Baron Road near Avalon Park. Crews had to respond with water trucks because the fire was in a rural area. The blaze was extinguished by 3 a.m.

According to Orange County Fire Rescue, the homeowner was asleep in the two-story home and was awakened by the 80 peacocks on property. The owner was able to save a few of the animals that were inside, according to OCFR.

The owner said 33 animals, including three dogs, cats, snakes and four 300-pound tortoises, were killed in the fire, OCFR said.

As many as 350 animals, including iguanas, parrots, swans, ducks, goats, pigs, house pets and others, were cared for at Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary.

Officials said the owner has lived there for 38 years.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Old 02-04-2019, 09:14 PM   #2
This is so sad.

Even if innocent, here is something to make someone wonder if there was a certain culprit (article from Feb. 1st):
Old 02-25-2019, 02:57 PM   #3
The real losers in this “bad neighbor” game are the animals that all died.
Old 02-26-2019, 10:26 PM   #4
Although it seems suspicious, considering certain things, there is no proof, thus far, that the neighbor had anything to do with it.
Investigator/s have stated that no foul play is/was suspected. Although, to date, I don't think the investigation is over yet.
No matter what, however, it is truly sad about the animals.

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