Firefighters Extinguish Blaze at Petco Store in Westchester

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Firefighters extinguished a blaze Wednesday morning at a Petco store in Westchester, rescuing hamsters, lizards and more than 10 rabbits.

Firefighter battled a dramatic blaze at a Petco store in Westchester on April 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Eighty-five firefighters responded about 5:15 a.m. to a building located at 8801 S. Sepulveda Blvd. (map), less than half a mile north of Los Angeles International Airport, said Katherine Main, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

“There are no animal fatalities, we’re happy to admit,” said Battalion Chief Armando Hogan.

News footage showed dramatic flames and smoke emanating from the roof of the two-story structure at the southwest corner of Sepulveda and La Tijera boulevards.

No firefighters were injured.

Preliminary reports indicated that the fire was likely caused by a torch used during construction work on the roof, Hogan said.

Sepulveda Boulevard was closed temporarily between West Manchester Avenue and Westchester Parkway as a cleanup operation and investigation were underway.

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