Dozens of animals were expected to be OK after they were rescued from a fire that burned next to a South Los Angeles pet shop early Wednesday.
The fire was reported at around 1:35 a.m. in the lower level of a two-story unit next to Ramirez Pet Shop in the 4700 block of South Broadway Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Flames shot from the roof of the building. Smoke spread to the surrounding units and firefighters started evacuating the animals from the shop next door
A worker from the pet shop said all of the animals, including reptiles, guinea pigs, birds and turtles, were rescued and expected to be OK. An unknown number of residents from the apartments on the top floor were evacuated.
The fire was knocked down in 30 minutes and the cause of it was unknown.