300 tortoises, hatchlings, fish killed in South Florida barn fire

Posted at 12:57 PM, Jul 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-04 12:59:14-04

SOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla. (AP) — The owner of a South Florida ranch says some 300 exotic animals have died in a fire.

Blake Kaldrimoglu tells WSVN that some 200 turtle hatchlings died in the Tuesday afternoon blaze that also killed fish and rare tortoises.

Blake's Exotic Animal Ranch is in Southwest Ranches, which is west of Fort Lauderdale in Broward County.

Fire crews from Southwest Ranches and nearby Davie put out the fire.

Investigators said lightning may have struck the barn. They said the barn was completely made of wood.

The television station reports Kaldrimoglu runs a YouTube channel where he documented life at the barn.