The owner Jim Bronzo woke up and escaped when the peacocks screamed. Jim Bronzo said, “I looked out the window and saw the orange flames...I had no clothes on. I had no phone. I screamed out, ‘Somebody help me, somebody please help me.’ I felt so helpless.” He saved few of the animals that were inside the house, and the neighbours had called 911 after knowing about the situation. There was also a video that was shot by one of the neighbours where Bronzo was rescuing a dog, there were 4 dogs and only one of them could be saved.
The total number of animals in the sanctuary were 240 which was reduced to 207 after the 33 killed in the fire (4 giant tortoises, snakes, dogs and parrots). Most of the animals lived on the first floor of the home, and that is where most killings happened. The very next day on Monday, some of the animals like baby raccoon and Llamas were found in the near around places. The Orange County Fire Rescue's Public Information Office’s twitter account posted and kept the people updated with the happenings of the scene. The scene was recorded from 1.30 am, and had gone for a while.
Neighbor Denis Moredo said “I heard an explosion and saw flames coming from the home. I saw a swan running across the road to escape the blaze.” The sanctuary was a 40-year old work of the owner, and he will have to rebuild all the things that existed inside the house as that does not come in the insurance policy. A fund collection has been started and they have already raised more than $8,300.
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