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Fire causes $75,000 to Grand Island animal hospital

A fire caused an estimated $75,000 in damage at the Grand Island Small Animal Hospital Friday morning.

Grand Island firefighters responded at 4:19 a.m. to the animal hospital at 2323 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, according to the Grand Island Fire Co.

Deputy Fire Chief Chris Soluri said firefighters encountered the working fire in the incinerator section of the building. The fire originated in the a crawl space and roof above the incinerator.

The incinerator was in use at the time, according to the fire company. The facility provides emergency services and is open 24 hours a day.

The fire was extinguished by 5:41 a.m.

Firefighters from engines No. 2 and No. 3 used a lengthy 700-foot water line relay to supply engine No. 4, the initial attack pumper, the fire department said.

Damage was estimated at $50,000 to the structure, and $25,000 to the contents.

Three employees on duty evacuated the building. Nicole Kelver, a veterinarian at the facility, confirmed that all animals were examined and did not suffer any injuries, the fire department said.

One Grand Island firefighter suffered a minor injury but remained on-duty after further evaluation.

The clinic remained open with the exception of the incinerator, which show heavy damage.