Monday, December 5, 2022

Fire at Red Creek Wildlife Center Ruled Accidental

State Police have completed their investigation into a fire at the Red Creek Wildlife Center Monday morning.

Just after 8:00am, Monday, 911 dispatch received a call of a possible structure fire near the intersection of Deiberts Valley Road and Moon Hill Drive, in Wayne Township.

The first firefighters on scene arrived to find flames shooting through the roof of the Wildlife Center.

The fire was brought under control around 10:00am.  The main building of the facility was a total loss.

The Center released a statement on Facebook midday on Monday.

Red Creek Wildlife Center suffered a catastrophic fire at its main clinic facility this morning resulting in a loss of the main clinic building and all animals under temporary medical care. There were no human injuries. Resident animals not housed in the clinic were not harmed. The facility treats approximately 4,000 animals each year. The cause of the fire will be determined by proper authorities.

The staff and directors at Red Creek would like to thank all the first responders and volunteers on site. Announcements on the operations and future of Red Creek Wildlife Center will
be made at the appropriate time.

On Monday afternoon, Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal Trooper John Burns investigated and says the fire is being considered accidental.

Damage from the fire is estimated in excess of $50,000.

No injuries were reported but turtles, birds, porcupines, possums, and snakes that were being rehabilitated died in the fire.

Schuylkill County organizations like Hillside SPCA and Fresh Start Animal Rescue have already jumped into action and are helping collect items and money for the facility.

You can also donate directly to the facility through the link below

Photo by Schuylkill County Smokeaters