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Lawrence Pet Store Owners Vow to Rebuild

Anxious onlookers at the scene of the Pet World fire in Lawrence, May 25, 2015 (Image credit: Richard Noggle)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The owners of a Lawrence pet store are vowing to rebuild it following a fire that killed an undisclosed number of animals and injured dozens more. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that fire department officials say they have yet to determine a cause in the Monday fire, which remains under investigation. Co-owner Sherry Emerson said in a statement posted on the business's website that the blaze broke out in the store's backroom, likely near the electrical panels. She said she would "not be announcing a death toll any time soon." While many fish, reptiles and arachnids survived the fire, Emerson said a number of mammals and birds died from the fumes. Snakes that died were removed from the store and will be buried.


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