More Than A Dozen Animals Killed In Fire At Walden’s Puddle In Joelton
Officials said the fire alarm went off around 3:07 a.m. at the wildlife rehabilitation facility in Joelton.
The fire started in the laundry room of the critical care area, and firefighters were able to get it out quickly. There was not significant damage from the flames, but there was heavy smoke damage throughout the building.
While the fire was contained to the laundry room, several animals -- including hawks, squirrels, and baby deer -- succumbed from smoke inhalation.
“Different species we’re finding dead. That’s tragic. I’ve been crying—I can’t cry anymore right now. I just have to do the job of putting it back together now. We’ve got animals that need us,” said Lane Brody, Walden's Puddle Chairman and CEO. “We’re praying that these animals that have been exposed to the smoke will not be dying now because of the lung damage.”
Brody said newly installed smoke detectors helped save several of the other animals, but the biggest concern is the effects of the smoke.
Volunteers spent the morning moving the surviving animals out of the building and into a makeshift tent to protect the animals, but now they have to make sure they will be cool enough from the heat.
Walden's Puddle depends heavily on volunteers, especially right now. They are looking for any donations of water, towels, all kinds of supplies, and financial help, as well. If you would like to help, go to http://waldenspuddle.org.
Walden’s Puddle is a nonprofit rehabilitation center that provides care to sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife. It is the only professionally staffed non-profit wildlife rehabilitation facility in Middle Tennessee.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation.