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Fire erupts at pet store in Hollywood; animals rescued

Firefighters respond to a fire at a pet store in the 1100 block of North Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles on Monday, June 10, 2013.
June 10, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Crews rescued more than 100 animals from a fire at a pet store in East Hollywood early Monday morning.

Firefighters were called to Kim's Pets and Fish in the 1100 block of North Vermont Avenue at about 6:10 a.m. When they arrived, they found the building engulfed in heavy smoke and flames.

The pet shop was part of a strip mall, so crews were concerned about the fire spreading. A knockdown was declared about an hour. Fire officials say about 25 puppies, as well as rabbits, mice and fish were pulled out of the store.

Some animals died inside, but people were injured in the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Authorities say the store's owner took the rescued animals to another pet store.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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