DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Nine cats were killed in a Volusia County house fire, which was caused by a colony of ants Tuesday morning, fire officials said.
Rhonda Spivey, the homeowner, said she had about 80 cats in her home on Vine Street in Daytona Beach.
Daytona Beach fire said it recovered 36 cats from the home, nine of which were dead.
Spivey said she and her husband live in the home with the animals. She said people gave them cats and promised to come back to get them but never did.
Lt. Fred Godawa of the fire department said a colony of ants formed a nest around an electrical outlet on the living room wall, which sparked the fire. The investigator said it was first time he had seen a fire caused in this manner, according to Godawa.
The fire caused about $50,000 in damage. The couple said they are not insured.
Eleven of the cats were taken to the Flagler County Humane Society and seven were taken to the Arnie Foundation.
How bad do the ants have to be before they are dealt with? I see one and I am taking care of it. like now!