Basement fire kills dozens of birds at Oakland home

January 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A fire broke out in an Oakland home Thursday night. No people were injured, but dozens of pet birds perished in the flames and smoke. The fire occurred at a home at Harvard Road and Lakeshore Avenue.

The emergency call came around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, after the family started seeing smoke come from the basement.

"We had a little small fire that was down in the basement and unfortunately the homeowner here has approximately between 100 to 120 birds. About 60 of them live down in the basement and unfortunately we lost a lot of the birds," said Oakland Batt. Chief William Towner.

The residents had dogs, rabbits, and a lot of birds as pets. Firefighters were able to save some of the birds. Out of the 100 or so birds, the majority were finches. The daughter had saved a finch at one point and from there it kind of became a hobby for the family to collect the birds.

No firefighters or people were injured in this fire and there's not a lot of damage inside the home.