Chief: No animals harmed in Humane Society fire

GULFPORT - No animals are believed to be seriously harmed tonight after a fire at the Humane Society of South Mississippi, Chief Michael Beyerstedt tells the Sun Herald.

The chief said a "decent amount" of smoke was generated by the fire and crews were working to get the smoke out of the building.

A cause for the fire hadn't been determined yet, he said.

Five trucks and 16 firefighters responded to the blaze.

David Waltman, direction of operations for the Humane Society, said the fire may have started in a laundry room. He said an employee was checking the doors and "thank God she did. That's when she found the fire."

About 30 Humane Society employees and their family members came to the shelter on 25th Avenue Monday night once they heard about the fire.

Sunherald.com updates this story as more details become available.