San Jose police rush animals to nearby pet hospital for safety during Home Depot fire

Heavy smoke billowed from a Home Depot in San Jose on Saturday, April 9, 2022, prompting the evacuation of the store as well as the evacuation of a nearby pet hospital. San Jose police shared footage taken from officers’ body cameras. (San Jose Police Department)

The emergency response to the massive fire at a San Jose Home Depot on Saturday was impressive as more than 100 city firefighters battled the blaze and multiple agencies offered support, including helping to put the people and animals safe.

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The blaze sent Home Depot customers and employees running for their lives to escape the fast-moving flames. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

And in an adjacent building that housed a pet hospital, police moved in to evacuate animals out of danger.

San Jose police shared still photos taken from officers’ body cameras as they evacuated animals from a pet hospital and boarding house next to Home Depot, where a massive fire at 5 alarms was declared on Saturday, April 9, 2022.

The San Jose Police Department has since pictures posted rescued animals, sharing still photos taken by officers’ body cameras.

Wagly Veterinary Hospital and Blossom Hill Pet Campus said they were given minutes to evacuate.

Body camera footage shows how officers pulled the animals out of the cages and led them outside with dark plumes of smoke billowing behind them.

“Thanks to the quick action of patrol officers, the pets have been reunited with relieved owners,” police said on social media.

On Tuesday, Wagly remained evacuated. On his websitethe pet hospital and daycare wrote, “We are saddened to report that our San Jose location is temporarily closed due to a nearby fire. Fortunately, no pets or people were injured.”

It was unclear when the site would reopen.

Fire officials continued to investigate the cause of the blaze, which was first reported near the Home Depot lumber department.

Investigators said there was no indication the fire was suspicious in nature.

Officials noted that a helicopter unit from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office observed two nearby fires at the time of the blaze.

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“It is not clear at this time if these fires were in any way related to the Home Depot fire,” officials said, adding they were investigating further.

It took more than six hours to bring the Home Depot fire under control to 5 alarms.

A five-alarm fire ripped through the Home Depot in San Jose on April 9, 2022

A five-alarm fire ripped through the Home Depot in San Jose on April 9, 2022

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