May 12, 2021


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Most animals killed in fire at Fayetteville’s Aqua-Rama Pet Center

Only a tiny share of the hundreds of animals at Aqua-Rama Pet Center in Fayetteville survived a fire Sunday night time, the owner’s granddaughter reported.

All that continues to be of the family-owned pet keep that is referred to as Fayetteville dwelling for the previous 50 percent-century are a few snakes, a rabbit, a couple turtles, some freshwater fish and a scarlet macaw that’s battling to survive immediately after a substantial hearth ripped by way of the retail store Sunday night. 

Shayanne Orme, whose grandfather, Joe Spano, has owned the store at 4937 Bragg Blvd. for much more than 40 several years, stated which is only all over 3% of the hundreds of animals that had been in the retail store. Most died in the fireplace.

Earlier coverage:Fire described at Aqua-Rama Pet Center on Sunday night

Spano, Orme and the rest of their extended family rushed to the store Sunday night time just after hearing that the store the place so many of them experienced labored was ablaze. The first firefighters on the scene observed smoke and hearth coming from the roof of the cement composition. 

Owner Joe Sparo carries out a turtle as he and others clean up at Aqua-Rama Pet Center, at 4937 Bragg Blvd., on Monday morning after a fire broke out after 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Orme said she obtained there about 10 p.m., just as her grandfather was about to enter the developing for the initial time to see what animals could even now be rescued. 

“Which is what my pop is upset about,” she stated. “He is not upset about the making, he’s upset about all the animals that were in it.”

The surviving fish are now in baggage of water in entrance of the retail store, waiting around for their new house. Spano stated he wishes to give away all the surviving pets.

“We just want to conserve as a lot of animals as we can,” he stated. 

The few fish able to be rescued from Aqua-Rama Pet Center will be given away for free.

Aqua-Rama initial opened in 1971. 5 years later on, Spano started doing the job at the retailer section time whilst serving in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. After leaving the Military, he briefly operated a pet retailer in Pittsburgh, but stayed in contact with the entrepreneurs of Aqua-Rama. He soon returned to Fayetteville and bought the enterprise. 

Spano explained the earlier operator referred to as him this early morning. The keep previously experienced a hearth in 1980, Spano explained, nevertheless not as severe as the blaze Sunday night.

Spano asked him how to get over such a reduction. 

“He told me it is really not straightforward,” he said. 

Even though the retail outlet was rebuilt right after the 1980 fire, Spano mentioned, this may well be the end of the company. He explained he could reopen a tiny locale at some position in the long run.