LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — Officials say 38 animals have died from a fire that engulfed an animal hospital in East Texas.
Texas media outlets report 40 animals were at Kimbrough Animal Hospital in Longview when the fire started late Tuesday. According to Longview Fire Marshal Johnny Zackary, the hospital's owner took the two surviving animals to East Texas Animal Hospital for treatment.
Officials say the fire department responded around 10:25 p.m. to the clinic, where flames could be seen shooting out of the roof. Authorities say the building collapsed during the fire, but crews worked through the night to rescue the animals.
The deceased animals were taken to a building next door for their owners to come and identify them.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.