4-Alarm Fire Damages Living Treasures Animal Park

080414-donegal-living-treasuresBy Bob Allen – KDKA

DONEGAL (KDKA)- Crews are looking into the cause of a four-alarm fire at Living Treasures Animal Park in Westmoreland County.

According to officials at the scene, the fire started around 12:30 a.m. Monday at a building in front of the park on Route 711 in Donegal Township.

The building that caught fire housed feed for the animals and some miscellaneous items. The fire spread to the building next door, which housed the groundskeeper and his wife.

They were able to safely escape the fire and their pets made it out too.

None of the animals at Living Treasures had to be moved.

“Actually, the wind worked with us. None of the smoke got to any of the animals. Just the pets inside the house were the only ones that had to get taken out,” said Chestnut Ridge Fire Chief Shawn Kestner.

The fire also jumped to an unoccupied apartment building.

All three buildings were heavily damaged.

The Log Cabin Motel across the street had to be evacuated due to the fire.

“Everybody was evacuated from the hotel safely, I can tell you there were 13 people staying there. The buildings were too close for them to stay around,” said Chief Kestner.

A total of six fire companies and eight additional tanker trucks were brought in to fight the big fire.

The fire marshal is looking into the cause.

Read more: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/08/04/4-alarm-fire-at-living-treasures-animal-park/

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