Investigators in Massachusetts believe an overheated ceiling
fan may have caused a tragic tractor-trailer fire that killed 60 puppies
Monday, Aug. 14.
The fire broke out in a 40-foot trailer as it was being
pulled along an access road near Interstate 495 and State Route 3 in Lowell, MA. A representative for the Lowell Fire Department told reporters the fire was
extinguished quickly, but it was too late for all of the animals inside.
According to The Boston Globe, local and state
officials, along with representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
promised a thorough investigation into whether any animal welfare laws were
violated by either the fire or the way in which the animals were being
The driver of the truck, Joseph Price of Joplin, MO; his
passenger, William Iriarte of Neosho, MO; or the shipper, Hunte Corp. of
Goodman, MO, have not been charged in connection with the incident, although
investigators told the Globe charges are still possible.