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01/02/04 - Longview

Longview Fire Threatens Animal Shelter

An early morning fire in Longview caused major damage to a car dealership and also threatened the lives of animals at a nearby vet clinic. Around seven this morning Reliable Motors on Estes Parkway caught fire, destroying the business within minutes.

"All my inventory is gone all of my records are gone, computers are gone" said business owner James Daffern. The blaze caused the roof to collapse and smoke billowed through the area.

"They were making an interior attack and had a collapse and had to pull back" according to Longview assistant fire marshal Mark Moore. But the sense of urgency on this fire is that there was a veterinary clinic right next door and they had to work quickly to get the animals out before they were overcome by smoke.

"This whole block was engulfed where you couldn't see the stop sign there was so much smoke" said vet clinic director Dr. Cristina Odom. Firefighters and volunteers frantically worked to save nearly 40 dogs, cats... And even a pot-bellied pig. Everyone who had a free hand pitched in, even the man who lost his own business this day.

Many of the animals in the clinic were rescued from abandonment or neglect... And on this day some good people rescued them again. No humans or animals were injured, and the fire remains under investigation.

Bob Hallmark reporting.

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