Fire at animal rescue facility considered suspicious

Investigators consider Monday night’s fire at the East Coast Exotic Animal Rescue in Adams County suspicious.

A quarter of an acre of bamboo and some fencing burned at the facility on Zoo Road in Fairfield.  Fire investigators said the fire started in three separate places.

No animals were hurt.

The owners took to Facebook to plead for help in finding the person responsible.

“If you have a problem with animals being in cages, we agree.  But don’t deliberately set a fire and endanger the very animals you say you care about,” they wrote.  “While we would love to be updating cages and rebuilding right now, instead money is diverted towards extra security and cameras.”

This was the second fire at the animal rescue in less than a year.  In May, the facility’s main building was burned to the ground when a wireless router caught on fire, causing about $220,000 in damage.

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