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Fire At Animal Sanctuary Kills More Than 60 Cats

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LAist supports an internet made of cats and we would much prefer to bring you news like this. However, officials believe an electrical failure is to blame for a fire that killed more than 60 cats at the Last Hope Cat Kingdom animal sanctuary in Merced County on Friday night.

Firefighters responded to the Atwater emergency about 1:00 a.m. and contained the blaze in two hours. By then, more than 60 of the nearly 140 cats on site had died. Other cats are being treated for smoke inhalation.

Renate Schmitz, the owner of the facility, says "the cats could have escaped through doors in each of the sanctuary's rooms," reports KTLA. Schmitz is planning to rebuild the four year old facility.

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