Family pets killed in fire at Mansfield wildlife rescue centre

Hundreds of supporters have raised thousands of pounds in a matter of hours after fire hit Mansfield Wildlife Rescue last night.

Thursday, 19th May 2022, 8:21 am
Updated Thursday, 19th May 2022, 11:32 am

Firefighters were called to the home of Cheryl Martin on Brown Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse, where she lives with her pets and currently homes all the rescue animals.

Supporter Paul Haywood, launching a Gofundme appeal, said it is believed to have been caused by a microvwave.

He said: “I’ve just been with Cheryl in the ambulance as she wouldn’t leave the house until she had got all the animals out and being treated for smoke inhalation and shock.”

Cheryl Martin with a rescued tawny owl.

Cheryl is currently working on relocating the centre to a new site in Pleasley Vale and Mr Haywood said she was at the new site when she heard about the fire.

He said: “Cheryl was at the new centre for a meeting when she got a call from a vet who was dropping off an injured animal who noticed the smoke and called her.

“Cheryl was home within minutes to the whole house on fire and full of smoke, running in to find her three dogs, kitten and her parrots all dead from the smoke.

“She is absolutely distraught, they have lost everything in the house as well as all the animal feed, equipment etc and is going to need our help as a village.”

“These funds are needed ASAP so the animals can be cared for and also to get the centre open ASAP so the animals have somewhere to go, as Cheryl’s house has been destroyed.”

Writing on Facebook, Mr Haywood, who runs Haywood’s, The Home Of Alrate Cheesecakes, on High Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, added: “As soon as we are allowed back in the house when the fire give the all clear, we know what Cheryl is needing ASAP to care for the animals that have survived.”

If anyone is wanting to donate animal food, you can drop this at Haywood’s, bird food, chicken food, duck food, cat food, frozen chicks.”

To donate to the appeal’s £10,000 target – it was already at more than £7,000 by 11.30am today – see

A Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service spokeswoman said crews were called to Brown Avenue just before 7.25pm.

She said: “Crews from Mansfield, Edwinstowe, Warsop, and Derbyshire’s Shirebrook fire stations attended, using water tender ladders to extinguish the fire.

“The fire was relatively small. However, there was a large amount of smoke within the property.

“One woman was assessed by East Midlands Ambulance Service at the scene, and unfortunately a number of household animals died. Some animals were taken to a nearby veterinarians for assessment.

“A fire investigation found the cause to be electrical.”

She said crews departed at about 9pm.

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