Fifty exotic animals rescued from fire in Northants pet centre that closed A5

Credit: Cameron Walton

More than 50 exotic pets including pythons, tarantulas and corn snakes have been rescued following a fire at a pet business in south Northamptonshire.

More than 30 officers from Northampton, Corby and Thames Valley were called to the blaze at Hobby Fish in Old Stratford beside the A5.

The fire, which is under investigation, started in the main building, but fire crews prevented it spreading to the nearby reptile shop and aquarium.

People living near Old Stratford, which is just north of Milton Keynes, were asked to close windows and doors and the A5 was closed in both directions for more than seven hours.

Paul Greenwood, the area manager for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue said that although part of the building had been severely damaged, it could have been far worse.

Fifty animals were rescued from the fire at Hobby Pets by the A5 Credit: Paul Howard

"The crews worked very hard under difficult circumstances and managed to rescue around 50 exotic animals including pythons, corn snakes and tarantulas, which were all at risk from the spread of fire and smoke.”

Paul Greenwood, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue

The road reopened at about 10am.