ORLANDO, Fla. — The investigation by the state fire marshal shows what sparked the deadly fire at the Orlando Pet Alliance building that killed more than a dozen cats.
The building was nearly a total loss.
Only Channel 9 received the full report from the state fire marshal. The investigation revealed the cause of the fire was an accidental electrical failure in the attic space.
“It just was the worst thing that’s ever happened to me personally in my life,” said Steve Bardy, Pet Alliance executive director.
Seventeen cats died and the property loss is estimated to be $1.5 million.
The Alliance has seen overwhelming support from Central Florida that helped create the path forward.
Pet Alliance has leased a temporary location on West Central Boulevard.
“We’re really excited to be in downtown Orlando, because we know there’s a need, and we’ll be able to increase our Trap-Neuter-Return program,” Bardy said.
Bardy said he’s hoping the cats-only facility right across from Exploria Stadium will be up and running by the end of January. While they are working on that, they are also working on their new, permanent location.
In April, Pet Alliance purchased more than 8.2 acres at 4311 S. John Young Parkway for a new and improved facility. Bardy said they’re hoping to open there in September 2023.