Franklin Police Officer Rafael Burgos rescues pets from burning Franklin Borough store

A police officer is recovering after rescuing several pets from a burning pet store in Franklin Borough Tuesday.

A police officer is recovering after rescuing several pets from a burning pet store in Franklin Borough Tuesday. (2/25/14)

FRANKLIN BOROUGH - A police officer is recovering after rescuing several pets from a burning pet store in Franklin Borough Tuesday.

Franklin police officers Rafael Burgos and Jeffrey Korger responded to a structure fire at the Pet Center on Route 23 at around 9 a.m. and quickly determined that while there were no people inside the store, several pets were trapped.

Officer Burgos entered the store, which was quickly filling with smoke, and rescued several pets.

Burgos is currently being treated for smoke inhalation.

The officers also evacuated several nearby business.

The Franklin Fire Department arrived and put out the fire. Sussex County Fire Marshall Joseph Inga says the fire does not appear suspicious and was most likely electrical in nature.

A local veterinary hospital took in the undetermined number of the animals and is caring for them until they can be relocated.

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