Exotic Birds Killed in Sanctuary Fire

LAS VEGAS, March 19 (UPI) — Several hundred birds, including many considered rare, were killed in a fire Friday at a nature sanctuary in Las Vegas, officials said.

The early morning blaze hit the Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary north of the city. City firefighters extinguished the fire by about 7 a.m., the Las Vegas Review Journal reported.

Almost 1,500 birds, including rare and exotic varieties, lived at the sanctuary, according to Gilcrease officials, and at least 350 were killed. Three people were at the facility at the time of the fire, but there were no injuries, they said.

No damage estimates were available, and the cause of the fire is under investigation, fire officials said.

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