A fire investigation is getting underway on Tuesday morning (November 6) after several reptiles, birds and rodents were killed in a late-night fire at the Isle of Wight Pet Centre in Newport.
The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to the blaze at the business on Watergate Road shortly after 11pm.
It’s understood around 47 birds, mammals, and reptiles may have died in the fire.
The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service said the ground floor and roof were alight as the fire took hold. The fire service despatched five appliances, an aerial ladder platform and the Incident Command Unit to the centre to bring the fire under control.
Amy Brewer, Mammal and Bird Manager at the Isle of Wight Pet Centre said on Facebook “Many lost their lives. All birds gone. We will be allowed in shortly to try and save what mammals reptiles and fish are still left”
Investigations will now seek to establish the cause of the blaze, which apparently started in the shop area of the centre on the ground floor.