61 animals killed in house fire sparks investigation - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

61 animals killed in house fire sparks investigation

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City of Olive Branch Mayor Scott Phillips met with the police and fire chiefs on Monday morning to talk about the house fire that killed 61 animals.

They concluded that the home on Stonewall Drive was in violation of city ordinances.

Phillips says it has nothing to do with the number of animals the owners had in the home, but instead, it was the conditions they were living in.

"Obviously, we appreciate the rescuers and what they do, we just want to make sure they are doing it the right way," Mayor Phillips said.

Investigators believe the fire started when a cat turned on the stove, which then lit the kitchen cabinets on fire. According to officials, the home was filled with 60 cats and one dog, all of which died in the fire. Investigators say the clutter and feces throughout the home is the real problem.

"Right now we are on the reactive approach," said Phillips.

Phillips said the ordinance clearly states that all owners and keepers of animals must keep them in healthy and sanitary conditions. He says the investigation into the home is now being handled by the police department.

A spokesperson for the police has confirmed that they are investigating the home.

Currently, no charges have be filed.

The rescue shelter, The New Beginnings Animal Shelter, has started a fundraising page for the family that lost everything in the fire.  You can donate to them by clicking here.

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