23 cats have died after a fire broke out at an animal shelter in Florida
Orlando, Florida (NewsNation nowMore than 20 cats were killed when a fire broke out at an animal shelter in Orlando on Wednesday night, officials said.
The dramatic body cam video, released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, shows deputies, firefighters and animal care workers frantically trying to rescue the animals inside.
Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando I mentioned on Thursday That 23 cats were lost in the fire, but all the dogs were saved.
Steve Bardy, the agency’s executive director, called the fire “the worst nightmare.”
He told news outlets that rescue crews were able to safely evacuate all 25 dogs at the center because they were further from the point of the fire.
“It appears that the fire started in the front building of the clinic, which made it more difficult for rescuers to enter the (adjoining) cat room,” Bardi told media at the scene. His voice broke as he spoke of the fire.
“If you run a shelter, that’s your worst nightmare – to see your building burn and know there are animals out there that you have to take care of and you can’t go to,” he said.
Rescue team found in Orange County flame “through the roof” The agency said on Twitter when they arrived at the center shortly after 10:21 p.m. Wednesday.
At least half of the building was severely damaged by the fire. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
Officials said the dogs and some cats who survived were taken to a pet shelter in Sanford.
in a reply on facebook, “We are very pleased that we were able to rescue some of the cats and dogs,” the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.