From the Daily News:
Firefighters stormed into a burning Queens pet shop on Monday in time to rescue 30 cats and dogs, officials said.
U.S. Pet Discounts on Steinway St. in Astoria was closed for Memorial Day, which presented responding units with an obstacle - the store's metal "rolldown" doors were closed.
"We had to cut the gates, cut the locks and force our way in," said Lt. Jerome Farrell of Ladder 116.
Once inside, Ladder 116 firefighters were hit with heavy smoke, but they quickly found the source of the blaze, in the back of the store, Farrell said.
Members of Engine 262 fought the flames, while other firefighters, including those from the newly arrived Engine 263, grabbed animal cages and rushed the frightened animals out into the fresh air.