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Fire guts Petco store on Cross Bay Blvd.

No one injured, though one pet killed

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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:52 am, Thu Oct 17, 2013.

The Petco store at 157-20 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach sustained minor damage due to a small smoky fire that occurred overnight between last Thursday and Friday.

The damage was isolated to one part of the store and there were no injuries to any employees, said a Petco spokesperson.

One guinea pig was lost and two fish tanks collapsed in the fire, but all other store animals were safely evacuated, checked by the store veterinarian and were certified as healthy, according to the spokesperson.

The FDNY said an electrical incident caused the smoke condition inside the store.

The store is currently closed but expected to re-open within a few weeks according to Petco.

The store suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge last October and reopened about two months after the storm last year. It is one of only two stores the nationwide pet supply chain has in Queens. The other is in College Point.

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