RISING SUN, Md. — Maryland fire officials say a fire inside a Cecil County exotic pets shop has killed an unknown number of animals.

The two-alarm blaze broke out just before 8 p.m. Wednesday inside Jon’s Exotic Pets in Rising Sun.

The state fire marshal’s says an undetermined number of pets died and several more are being collected. Officials say six occupants of adjacent apartments escaped without injury.

Damage has been estimated at roughly $750,000, and the cause is under investigation.

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