75 animals killed in fire at Walden's Puddle in Nashville - WKRN News 2

75 animals killed in fire at Walden's Puddle in Nashville

Posted: Updated: Jun 25, 2014 06:25 PM
A fire broke out early Monday morning at Walden's Puddle in Nashville, killing several animals. A fire broke out early Monday morning at Walden's Puddle in Nashville, killing several animals.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - At least 75 animals have died after a dryer caught fire at a Nashville animal rehabilitation center early Monday morning.

Crews were alerted to the fire after alarms in three different rooms at Walden’s Puddle in Joelton began sounding just after 4 a.m.

Chairman and CEO Lane Brody told News 2 the dryer was located in a laundry room on the lower floor next to an examination room.

"This is high time for us," she said. "This is the worse time something like this could happen."

Brody said at least one of every species was killed in the fire.

"They will get buried properly in our cemetery and we will do a memorial for them and this fire will never be forgotten," Brody said. 

Many other animals that were injured are continuing to receive treatment for smoke inhalation.

The animals are being kept in outside enclosures as crews continue to clean up the site.

SLIDESHOW: Photos from the scene

The fire alarms that alerted officials were only installed a mere six months ago.

Brody said if the smoke detectors hadn’t have been installed, the situation would’ve been much worse.

“This is a terrible thing. Everyone pray for these little animals, and all of our staff, and the ones that were lost, that we'll mourn, but just the fact that it could've been so much worse we've got to be grateful,” she said.

The laundry room was destroyed and the rest of the building suffered heavy smoke damage.

The center said they plan rebuild the laundry room in a detached building away from the animals, but repairs will cost approximately $5,000.

Those interested in donating to Walden’s Puddle or viewing a list of items they need can visit their Web site at WaldensPuddle.org.

Two commercial washers and dryers have already been donated.

Walden’s Puddle is continuing to admit animals to the rescue, but is asking people only bring in wildlife in critical condition.

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