LAFD: Cause of Fire in Pet Shop Where Two Cats Died Listed as `Electrical’

The cause of a fire at an East Hollywood pet shop where two cats died and more than a dozen other animals were injured has been listed as “electrical in nature,” authorities said Thursday.

The fire was reported just before 6:20 p.m. Wednesday at Pet Joy, in a row of commercial buildings at 812 N. Virgil Ave., near Los Angeles City College, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The fire was extinguished by 38 firefighters by 6:43 p.m., and firefighters at the scene rescued nine dogs and five cats from inside the shop.

Two cats died at the scene, while the remaining animals were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation before they were taken into the custody of Los Angeles Animal Services personnel, Humphrey said.

No other injuries were reported in the fire.

On Thursday, Humphrey told City News Service that the cause of the fire was listed as “electrical in nature” and the damage from the fire was estimated at $20,000 — $5,000 to the structure and $15,000 to the contents.

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