'Beyond devastated': Fire kills dozens of birds at Hopkinton parrot sanctuary – The Providence Journal

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A hearth at a chook sanctuary in Hopkinton

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HOPKINTON — Dozens of cherished unique birds, together with brightly crested cockatoos and green-feathered parakeets, had been killed early Thursday morning when a hearth destroyed a part of an unlimited aviary tended by an Ashaway bird-rescue group. 

The blaze torched a couple of quarter of the 1,000-foot-long construction and broke the hearts of the birds’ caretakers, who mourned the lack of 80 to 100 birds as they scrambled to make sure the welfare of greater than 200 birds that survived the blaze.

Earlier than Thursday’s hearth, 378 birds had lived within the indoor sanctuary offered by Foster Parrots, a nonprofit group that rescues undesirable birds, in keeping with the group’s government director, Karen Windsor.

“I do not know what to say at this level,” Windsor mentioned late within the morning. “All I can inform you is we misplaced possibly 80 to 100 birds.”

The casualties included all the cockatoos within the sanctuary at 87 Woodville Alton Rd. in addition to some Quaker parrots, Windsor mentioned.

A few of birds had been with Foster Parrots for 20 years, Windsor mentioned, and each certainly one of them had a definite character. 

Windsor mentioned she was too upset to elaborate additional. 

“I can not hold having this dialog,” she mentioned. “I am sorry. As a result of I can not.”

“We’re past devastated proper now,” she mentioned. “They’re all valuable. It is simply devastating.”

The group was making choices about how it will look after the surviving birds. 

Firefighters had saved about three-quarters of the constructing, however the energy was out.

“We’re seeing how the mud settles,” Windsor mentioned. “We do have a portion of the constructing. We’re attempting to get electrical energy and water going for warmth and whatnot.”

The four-alarm hearth drew Ashaway firefighters to the property at 5:12 a.m., mentioned Assistant Fireplace Chief Jonathan Regulation.

They discovered heavy hearth on the north finish of the constructing. 

“We could not cease it down there,” mentioned Regulation. “We needed to come again and go within the aspect door.” Firefighters, he mentioned, reduce the roof open to maintain the fireplace from spreading.

Firefighters weren’t in a position to get a hose to the far finish of the constructing. Water needed to be introduced in by tanker vans.

A bit of the constructing housing about 80 birds collapsed, Assistant Fireplace Chief Todd Allen mentioned. Nobody was injured, in keeping with authorities.

Regulation mentioned he had no details about the reason for the fireplace. Investigators from the Hopkinton police and the State Fireplace Marshals Workplace had been on the scene.

Foster Parrots, based in 1989, describes itself on the largest avian rescue group within the Northeast.

Linda Fabre, an Exeter lady, sat at a desk the place she reduce up cantaloupe and different parrot meals into tiny morsels for small beaks.

Fabre had come to the sanctuary after she discovered concerning the hearth on the information. Her daughter, now grown, recalled serving to out on the sanctuary along with her Lady Scout troop.  

The birds are like household to their devoted caretakers, she mentioned.

“That is critical,” mentioned Fabre, who emphasised that some birds develop to be very outdated.

“I would like you to know the way significant these animals are to those guys,” she mentioned.

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