US: 17 cats killed in pet hotel after Los Angeles mall fire – News

More than 120 firefighters were dispatched to the fire in the Palms neighborhood of Los Angeles



By AP

Published: Sun Sep 18, 2022 12:08 AM

Seventeen cats were killed at a Los Angeles pet hotel and a firefighter was injured early Saturday when a fire engulfed a mall where the property is located, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Angeles.

More than 120 firefighters were dispatched to the blaze in the Palms neighborhood of Los Angeles after a passerby reported the blaze around 5:45 a.m., fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

The fire was limited to a few structures, but heavy smoke spread through adjacent businesses, including the pet hotel called Cat Place LA, Humphrey said.

“Sadly 17 cats perished at the scene. Two were rescued and rescued,” said Humphrey, who said firefighters only tried to revive the affected cats but were ultimately unsuccessful.

The two cats that survived were given to the owner of the facility and entrusted to veterinary care. Their condition was not known, he said. A message left at the pet hotel was not immediately returned.

No civilians were injured and the cause of the fire is unknown. The injured firefighter was taken to a nearby hospital and was expected to survive, Humphrey said.

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