Crews fight fire at pet cemetery

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fire officials said a water tanker from the National Guard had to be brought in to fight a large garage fire at a pet cemetery early Sunday morning in Wells County.

The fire started at just before 2 a.m. in the 1600-block East US 224 at Pet Rest, Inc. Officials said pets are cremated and buried on site at the cemetery.

The fire forced officials to shut down Highway 224. It has since been reopened.

“It was difficult to get under control just because of the water situation we had because of what we were dealing with being half a mile off the road, but once we got a water shallow relay set up we got the fire under control pretty quickly,” Justin Gerdom, Lieutenant with the Bluffton Fire Department, said.

Fire crews from northern Wells County and southwest Allen County responded to the pet cemetery.

One firefighter had minor injuries and was treated on scene.

Firefighters said the owner’s dog is unaccounted for, as of Sunday morning.

The fire is still under investigation.

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