Monday, December 5, 2022

Fire Destroys Wildlife Center in Schuylkill County

A fire destroyed the Red Creek Wildlife Center in Wayne Township on 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.

Early reports were approximately 50 to 60 animals died in the fire, but an exact number was not known.

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

A State Police Fire Marshal has been called to investigate a cause.

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.

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

Red Creek is one of two facilities in Schuylkill County that aid and help rehabilitate wildlife animals if they are injured.

Photo Above Courtesy of Pine Grove Hose Hook and Ladder