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      Cecil County pet store fire kills several animals

      Photo: WMAR

      (WJLA) - Several animals died Wednesday night when a fire tore through a Cecil County pet store.

      Cecil County Fire officials say that the fire at Jon's Exotic Pets Shop on Queen Street in Rising Sun broke out just before 8 p.m., quickly overwhelming the store. It took about two hours to bring the two-alarm fire under control.

      The store itself was heavily damaged along with adjacent businesses and apartments suffering smoke damage. Animal Control officials do not know exactly how many animals died in the fire.

      Six people who lived in apartments above the pet store were able to get out unharmed. The fire did about $750,000 in damage and remains under investigation.