Update: Fire that destroyed Hopkinton bird sanctuary caused by heating unit

  • Source: WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence
  • Published: 04/05/2021 12:00 AM

The fire that tore through a Hopkinton bird sanctuary earlier this week was sparked by a heating unit inside the building, according to State Fire Marshal Timothy McLaughlin. McLaughlin declared the cause of the fire at Foster Parrots and the New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary accidental. The fire killed nearly 100 of the 400 exotic birds that lived there. The sanctuary said while a third of their building was destroyed, they’ll ultimately need to rebuild the entire facility. “We lost the lives of many of our beloved animals, who each had beautiful and unique personalities, and who were loved dearly by our staff and volunteers,” the sanctuary said. All of the surviving birds are “safe and stable” and have been relocated to parts of the facility that remain intact, according to the sanctuary.


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