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Guinea pigs, bearded dragon rescued from Chesapeake townhouse fire

CHESAPEAKE, Va. – A handful of pets were rescued from a townhouse fire in the 3900 block of Springwood Court in the Bowers Hill section of Chesapeake Thursday afternoon.

The call came in just before 2 p.m., and crews arrived on scene 9 minutes later to find smoke and flames coming from the front entrance of one of the apartments.

The fire was marked under control at 1:33 p.m. and marked out at 1:41 p.m.

The family that lives in the apartment where the fire started has been displaced. They were at home at the time of the fire and were able to evacuate safely.

Firefighters rescued the family’s three guinea pigs and one bearded dragon from the townhouse. The lizard is currently receiving oxygen for smoke inhalation and is expected to be OK.

No injuries to firefighters or civilians have been reported. None of the animals were harmed.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but at this time it is believed to be accidental.

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