Peterson’s Exotic Pets Rises From Ashes of Rome Fire and Reopens
After a massive fire ripped through Peterson's Exotic Pets in Rome, the owners quickly decided to reopen...and they have.
The 49 year old business has reopened, right next store from where the old shop once stood. At the new shop, at 315 North James Street, the shelves are stocked with the little bit of inventory that was in storage when the fire destroyed everything, and killed all the animals at the old shop.
Angelo Peterson, son of the owner, tells WKTV that they plan to rebuild - and hope to get animals in next week. Right now, they're focused on crickets and items for feeding the exotic animals they once sold.
They plan to stay at the location for a while, while they rebuild.
Previously, it was reported that the business and the old building were uninsured.
There is a Go Fund Me attempting to raise money to support the Peterson family as they rebuild.