Crews work to save animals after fire at Kansas pet store

Lawrence pet store fire (Courtesy: KMBC-TV)

LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) – Veterinarians and emergency officials worked to save animals after a fire broke out at a Kansas pet store.

Lawrence police Sgt. Trent McKinley says the fire started noon Monday at Pet World in Lawrence. The store was closed at the time.

The Lawrence Journal World reports that rescue workers brought out 20 to 30 tarantulas, a large python and other reptiles. Some rats, a few hamsters and gerbils stored in a separate structure were also rescued.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Division Chief Eve Tolefree says other animals died in the fire, but it was unclear how many. He says the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Veterinarians and shop workers set up a makeshift triage area where animals could be iced down and given oxygen.

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