Dozens of animals die in 'arson attack' on Sheerness pet shop
Scene of the blaze at Sheppey Aquatics and Pet
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
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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