Dr. Vincent Rivero, the owner of the clinic, was devastated by the fire and loss, and was unavailable for comment. The damage to the facility was estimated to be over $150,000. Luckily, there were no animals or employees present when the fire broke out.
A crowd gathered outside the Aristocrat Club across the street, drawing the attention of several prominent AP citizens, including Aubrey Briester, owner of the Zen Den spa. She is the good citizen that alerted the police and fire departments and was one of the first people on the scene. Apparently she was questioned by the police immediately following the ordeal.
Our town has Chief Warwick DeSanta and Lt Matt Starks to thank for stopping the fire from spreading to the next building. They battled the flames heroically armed only with fire extinguishers and their bravery. The fire department finally arrived to secure the scene, but only after the APPD had things well in hand.
Neither the PD or the FD were available for comments on this case. It remains unclear whether Dr. Rivero intends to rebuild his clinic...the pets of AP will be waiting to find out.
Reported By S.D. Miller