Reptiles dead after fire, 10 tortoises and 1 gecko rescued: officials

EDMONTON –

A number reptiles were found dead in a south Edmonton home after a fire on Wednesday, according to Animal Care and Control.

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services were called to a house fire in the area of 20 Avenue and 112A Street just after noon.

No injuries were reported, but officials initially estimated there were 1,000 reptiles in the home.

A man who lives in the home, who appeared shaken as crews removed boxes from inside, told CTV News Edmonton the number of reptiles was in the dozens.

“There was quite a few reptiles here,” EFRS Capt. Ron Slenders said.

“I believe it was probably smoke. I do not believe they were burned, and like I said, some survived.”

Ten tortoises and one gecko were rescued, a city spokesperson told CTV News Edmonton.

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