Thousands of fish lost in Seattle fire

SEATTLE (AP) - No one was injured in the Christmas Eve fire that left a three-story building in Seattle's International district uninhabitable.

But eight businesses have been closed, including Liem's Pet shop, which sold tropical and domestic aquarium fish.

The Seattle Times reports ( http://bit.ly/K9CHzY) the owner, Djin Kwie Liem, was one of the business owners who were allowed back inside briefly Thursday to pick up important papers.

The store was dark and Liem had only a small flashlight. He says he couldn't bear to look into tanks to check on the thousands of fish dying without oxygen and heat after the loss of power.

Because the building is in danger of collapsing and inspectors can't get inside, the fire department says the cause of the fire will remain undetermined.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com


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