MOSCA, Colo. (KDVR) — Multiple rescue reptiles were killed in a fire Tuesday morning at a farm in Alamosa County.
The Colorado Gator Farm, located in the southern town of Mosca, posted about a fire that started at about 4:30 a.m. in its reptile barn. The farm is home to hundreds of rescued reptiles, including alligators, crocodiles, pythons, rattlesnakes, iguanas, and turtles.
While no humans were injured in the early morning blaze, general manager Jay Young said more than 100 animals died, including snakes, tortoises, lizards and birds.
“It’s devastating,” Young said. “They’re like family to us. We’ve had some of them for decades.”
Young said roughly 20 animals were able to be rescued, including three dwarf caimans that reportedly held their breath inside a tank.
The Colorado Gator Farm said that all the alligators and crocodiles that were outside the building are safe and that everything in its fish building was unharmed.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, but foul play is not suspected, according to the fire department.
The farm said the damage from the fire was extensive and it is working on the cleanup, which will take some time.
“We are devastated. But there is a positive to focus on, and we have hundreds of animals that are healthy that we still need to take care of. Prayers are appreciated. We will get through this,” the Colorado Gator Farm posted on its Facebook.
The Colorado Gator Farm thanked the Mosca-Hooper Fire Department for keeping the blaze from spreading to other structures.
A GoFundMe has been established to help rebuild.
The farm will be closed this week but plans to re-open as soon as possible.
FOX31’s Evan Kruegel contributed to this report.