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Fire destroys Gordon County animal shelter

Firefighters report that two cats died in the fire, but most of the animals were recovered. A total of 23 dogs were housed inside; firefighters say three of them ran off. (Image: Gordon Co. Fire & Rescue Facebook page)

UPDATE: The Gordon County Fire & Rescue Facebook page had an update on this story Thursday evening:

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The Gordon County Fire Department says fire destroyed the Gordon County Animal Shelter on Wednesday.

An investigator will be on the scene Thursday morning at the site on Harris Beamer Road.

Firefighters report that two cats died in the fire, but most of the animals were recovered. A total of 23 dogs were housed inside; firefighters say three of them ran off.

The Calhoun Animal Shelter is now taking care of the remaining 20 dogs and other recovered animals. Plans are still being made to solicit the public to take over caring for these animals.

The department told WSB-TV in Atlanta that the building was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters finally managed to get the fire under control shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday.

There's still no word on what caused the fire.

This is a developing story. Depend on us to bring you more information as we get it, including what plans will be made for the animals displaced by the fire.

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