An estimated 100 animals die in west side pet store fire

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

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

While the fire was under control within an hour, it was too late to save an estimated 100 animals housed at Uncle Bill’s that died in the fire. Officials say the animals that died included approximately 40 dogs, 25 parakeets, rabbits and other assorted animals. 

Multiple reptiles, fish, a guinea pig and an office cat survived.  The live animals were removed and were taken for evaluation by an Uncle Bill’s veterinarian.

IFD reports the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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