Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ten pit bulls die in Sharon Hill fire

By Cindy Scharr, from Delaware County News Network

Ten pitbulls have perished in a fire that gutted a detached garage on Cherry Street this morning.

The fire started shortly after 9 a.m. on the 200 block of Cherry Street. Police and firefighters remained on the scene of the blaze until about 2:20 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Sharon Hill Fire Department Capt. Chris Miller said firefighters arrived to the property by 9:11 a.m. to find the garage -- which is partially visible from the street behind a two-story, gray house with a wrap-around porch -- engulfed in flames.

It took firefighters 20 minutes to exstinguish the fire, Miller said.

By late Thursday morning, it appeared as though the garage was heavily damaged from the fire and its roof had caved in. From the street a dog carrier and metal fencing were visible inside.

A woman who answered a knock at the door of the house Thursday afternoon declined to be interviewed.

Preliminarily, the cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious, said Sharon Hill Police Chief Robert Tinsley.

However, the State Animal Warden is on the scene conducting an investigation into reports that the garage housed an illegal kennel, he said.

The Delaware County Fire Marshal and Detective Sgt. Scott Bireley, who is in charge of the county's bomb squad and the forensic unit, are also investigating.

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Garage fire claim the lives of 10 dogs - Examiner

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