Update: Paradise Pets Fire In Beckley

BECKLEY (WOAY) – More information released on the fire that broke out at Paradise Pets in Beckley.

At approximately 10:44pm on February 2nd, 2018; firefighters were dispatched to Cohen St in Sprague for a Motor Vehicle Crash with injuries and fire. The vehicle was reported to be on fire after striking the gas meter at rear of the commercial building known as Paradise Pets. While firefighters were responding, a Raleigh County Sheriffs Deputy arrived at the crash and reported an active fire at the gas meter with flames going into the rear of the business. Several attempts were made to extinguish the flames with fire extinguishers but efforts were minimal.

Engine 2 and Engine 3 responded with a full crew of firefighters just shortly after the initial dispatch. A request was made for Beckley Fire Department to respond per our county mutual aid agreement which allows them to provide quick assistance. Engine 2 and a Beckley FD engine started extinguishment at the rear of the building where the accident occurred. Shortly after, Engine 3 arrived and was given the task of entering the business to stop any more fire from spreading.

As the firefighters entered the heavily smoked filled building, they reported that animals were trapped inside and focused their attention to rescuing any animals before more smoke could harm them. Firefighters rescued several small and large birds, rabbits, dogs, a few fish and several other animals including snakes and an alligator. Unfortuantely several snakes and another alligator did not survive. Once the rescues were completed, firefighters focused their attention to extinguishing the rest of the fire. The fire had traveled from the rear of the buisness, up the wall and into the attic space. Assistance from surrounding departments were called and those firefighters arrived to help. Firefighters struggled to breach the ceiling of the buisness due to the type of construction but had finally made progress in stopping the spread.

Due to the frigid temperatures, firefighters struggled for hours dealing with thick layers of ice and hypothermia. Several EMS units from Jan Care Ambulance responded and provided warming stations and medical treatment for the personnel on scene. Several firefighters were injured due to the fire and scene conditions, but were treated by EMS on scene. One firefighter from Beaver VFD had suffered a fall and was transported to a local emergency room for treatment but was released this morning.

At this time, the rescued animals were taken to several homes for shelter until the owners could relocate them. We would like to thank all the firefighters and other personel who assisted.

Richard Garten Jr
Lieutenant / Public Information Officer

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