PHOENIX (AP) — Eighty messenger pigeons that were bred in a Phoenix home’s backyard have died in a fire.
Firefighters responded early Saturday morning to the blaze that started in the back of one home and spread to a nearby home.
A Phoenix fire department spokesperson said 80 homing pigeons died due to exposure. About 150 pigeons total were at the residence. One of the homeowners is a messenger bird association member.
The homes’ residents and four dogs escaped unharmed. Officials say 10 people have been displaced.
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It’s unknown how the fire started.
Homing pigeons are selectively bred for their ability to find their way home over very long distances.