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Several Pets Killed In Hollywood Strip Mall Fire

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HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Several animals were killed Monday morning in a fire at a Hollywood pet store and strip mall, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fire started around 6 a.m. at 1188 N. Vermont Avenue, near Lexington Avenue, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

It took 128 firefighters 55 minutes to knock down the fire, which caused the building’s roof to collapse, according to Assistant Chief Andy Fox.

The department rescued 100 animals, including puppies, mice, rabbits, frogs and fish from Kim’s Pets & Fish. However, “several birds, mice, guinea pits and fish succumbed and were later discovered in the heavily damaged and non-fire sprinklered pet store,” according to Brian Humphrey of the LAFD.

It was unclear what sparked the fire, but officials believe it started at the pet store. There were no reports of human injuries.

Damage estimates were not immediately available.

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