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ANIMALS DIE IN PET CENTRE FIRE

UPDATED: Several birds, reptiles and rodents have died following a fire at the Isle of Wight Pet Centre in Newport last night (Monday).

As first reported by Island Echo, the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were called to the business premesis on Watergate Road at just gone 23:00.

5 appliances, an aerial ladder platform and the Incident Command Unit were all mobilised to the incident where 8 breathing apparatus, 2 hose reels and 2 cover hose reels were used to bring the fire under control.

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Investigations will get underway later this morning to establish the cause of the fire, which is said to have broke out in the shop area on the ground floor.

UPDATE @ 09:00 – Police are in attendance at the Isle of Wight Pet Centre this morning where a cordon has been established.

Owner Paul Collins has told Island Echo that due to the extent of the financial loss, estimated to be around £200,000, the area is being treated as a crime scene. However, initial indications suggest an electrical fault is to blame as opposed to any malicious activity.

A fire investigation team are due on scene shortly in a bid to confirm the source of ignition.

Sadly, it is known that all of the birds – including the umbrella cockatoo ‘Brolly’ – have perised in the fire. The full extent of the lives lost remains unclear until a thorough investigation has been completed.

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UPDATE @ 11:40 – A GoFundMe page has been set up to help support those affected by the fire.

Islanders are being urged to support this Island business, Mr Collins and his family.

£325 has been raised of a £2,000 target. You can add to this at https://www.gofundme.com/for-the-needs-of-the-iowpc.

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