A fire is always an emergency, but imagine the panic when the building has hundreds of animals inside in carriers and cages. The Christian County Animal Shelter caught fire Monday morning on a day when the shelter is normally closed.
Luckily some employees happened to be there, noticed a problem and called for help.
"It is a blessing," Christian County Animal Shelter Director Irene Grace said.
Grace said by the time she arrived, most of the cats and dogs were already out of the building.
"We had the cats, small dogs and puppies out to the front parking lot," Grace said. "Then over here, by the kennel that was partially affected by the fire, we had planned to let everybody out and there's a fence in the area."
But to get nearly 200 animals out of the shelter was no easy task. Grace said as word spread about the fire, many suddenly showed up to help.
"The community support was unbelievable," Grace said. "I think half the traffic jam was people trying to get out here to help us."
Emergency Management Director Randy Graham said the fire was not related to the severe storms that moved through Monday. He added it's still not clear what caused the fire, which appeared to be centered in the roof area.
On Monday evening, Teresa Cash from the Bowling Green/Warren County Human Society arrived to help. She and others loaded up 35 puppies and small dogs into carriers to take back. It's a move she said that will hopefully help both the Christian County shelter and the dogs get new homes.
"We've got the resources and connections with other groups and such that we can find home for these dogs," Cash said.
The Christian County Animal Shelter is without power. It will be closed all week for cleanup.
The fire inspector is expected Tuesday at the shelter to take a look at the damage.
Friday, August 22 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:55:26 GMT
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