A number of reptiles were found dead in a home in southern Edmonton after a fire Wednesday, according to Animal Care and Control.
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services was called to a house fire in the area of 20 Avenue and 112A Street just after noon.
No injuries were reported, but officials initially estimated there were 1,000 reptiles in the home.
A man living in the home, who appeared to be shaken as crew removed boxes from inside, told CTV News Edmonton that the number of reptiles was in the dozens.
“There were quite a few reptiles here,” said EFRS captain Ron Slenders.
“I think it was probably smoke. I do not think they were burned, and as I said, some survived.”
Ten turtles and a gecko were rescued, a spokesman for the city told CTV News Edmonton.