Dozens of pets killed in fire while Hanover family was on vacation

(Photo courtesy GoFundMe)

HANOVER COUNTY, VA. (WRIC) — More than 30 pets were killed when a Hanover County family’s home was destroyed by fire this week.

The home, located on Country Sky Way in the Beaverdam area, was destroyed. Firefighters only found smoldering ruins when they arrived at the scene Thursday morning. Fire officials said they do not know when the fire occurred.

The family who lived in the home were on vacation at the time. The incident is under investigation by the Hanover Fire Marshal’s Office, but they said the cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

Fire officials did not disclose how many pets died, but the father said in a Facebook post that over 30 animals were inside. Family photos on Facebook show images of pet rabbits, birds, turtles, lizards and hamsters.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help raise money for the family.

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