Fire broke out at the Brandywine Valley Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals New Castle campus at about 12:15 a.m. July 9 after a vehicle crashed into the building.

First responders contained the fire, and emergency personnel, BVSPCA staff and neighbors worked quickly to move 100 animals to safety.

Two cats needed emergency veterinary care; one died from its injuries, and the other is being treated for burns and smoke inhalation. Two other cats lost their lives in the fire. The other animals have been relocated to temporary housing and are being examined by medical personnel. A total of 98 animals were moved to other locations, 36 cats and 62 dogs.

“We’re heartbroken to have lost these lives tonight,” said Adam Lamb, BVSPCA CEO. “It could have been even worse if not for the amazing work of the first responders and all the neighbors who worked together to get the animals out safely.”

The car crash caused damage to the veterinary clinic portion of the building. The shelter portion of the building sustained water and smoke damage. The facility will be closed for an undetermined period of time, pending a building inspection and possible subsequent cleanup and repairs.

The BVSPCA is seeking the community’s help. Anyone who has been thinking of adopting should visit one of the other BVSPCA adoption locations: the Georgetown Campus, 22918 Dupont Blvd.; the PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center, 1390 N. Dupont Highway, Dover; or the West Chester, Pennsylvania, campus. Financial donations are also needed to help with the additional cost to care for the animals and the damage to the building.

For information, visit bvspca.org.