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Dozens of animals die in 'arson attack' on Sheerness pet shop

17 December 2012
by Danny Boyle

Scene of the fire at Sheppey Aquatics and Pet Supplies in Sheerness

Scene of the blaze at Sheppey Aquatics and Pet Supplies

by Lewis Dyson

Dozens of animals have been killed in a suspected arson attack on a pet shop on the Isle of Sheppey.

A total of 12 birds, 12 hamsters and a few fish, mice and spiders died in a blaze that broke out at Sheppey Aquatics and Pet Supplies, in Sheerness, early yesterday.

Kent Police said it is believed the fire was started by an accelerant poured through the letterbox.

Firefighters rescued a dozen rodents, which were overcome with smoke, by emptying out one of their equipment bags and connecting an air cylinder to create an oxygen tent to bring them round.

They also saved reptiles which are now being kept with customers around the Island.

Kent Police are investigating the fire at the Rose Street shop, which broke out shortly before 3am.

Anyone with information is asked to phone DC Phil Pead on 101, quoting reference XY/038432/12, or Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111. 

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