Fifteen animals taken from a burning duplex in southeast Fresno Monday are in the care of the SPCA while the remainder of the surviving 35 animals found in the building are in the care of neighbors, officials say.
The animals – mostly dogs, along with several cats – were in the duplex that caught fire at North Orchard Street and East Grant Avenue, just east of Highway 41. No people were injured in the blaze, which erupted about 11:30 a.m., but firefighters were surprised to find the animals inside.
Walter Salvari, a spokesman for the SPCA, said an unknown number of the animals perished in the fire. Those at the shelter are being treated and it is not known yet if they will be put up for adoption. Salvari said the woman who was in possession of the animals when the blaze erupted had agreed to give up her claims on them. It was not clear why the woman had so many animals in her home.
The fire, which started in a bedroom, is under investigation, as is the amount of damage.