About 1,000 reptiles found, many dead, after south Edmonton house fire: EFRS

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Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS) found about 1,000 reptiles, many of which were dead, after responding to a house fire in the Skyrattler neighbourhood of south-west Edmonton.

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According to EFRS communications adviser Brittany Lewchuk, fire crews responded to a report of a house on fire near 20 Avenue and 112A Street just after noon on Wednesday. Eight units responded to the call where crews found a smoke-filled house.

Crews brought the fire under control shortly after 12:30 p.m., Lewchuk said, and declared the fire “out” just before 3:30 p.m.

While there were no human injuries, she added, a large number of reptiles were discovered at the home, most of which were dead, although one gecko and 10 turtles were rescued.

A City of Edmonton spokesperson said there were approximately 1,000 reptiles at the location.

Animal Care and Control have been notified and asked to attend the scene, Lewchuk added, and the fire is still under investigation.

Reptile tanks are seen outside of a home damaged in a fire at 2014 112A St. in Edmonton on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.
Reptile tanks are seen outside of a home damaged in a fire at 2014 112A St. in Edmonton on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021.  Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia

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