No Harwich fire house return for 'Smokey the goldfish'

Smokey the goldfish in Harwich Smokey was put in a tank after being found in the pond 21 months after the house fire

Related Stories

A goldfish which survived 21 months without fresh food or light after a fire will not be among the former residents returning home.

Smokey was found by contractors restoring buildings ravaged by a fire in Harwich, Essex, in 2011.

Nineteen months since the fire, residents are returning to their 17th Century homes.

But Tendring District Council, which found the goldfish, said Smokey had found a new home elsewhere.

Experts were surprised at Smokey's survival because, according to the RSPCA, there was no "obvious source of aeration".

Plywood and plastic was left covering the garden pond following the fire, which destroyed the row of five houses on 7 December 2011.

A council spokesman said: "He will not be going back. He is in a new home now. He is in a tank."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Essex

Weather

Chelmsford

9 °C 9 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

Programmes

  • Models of roads and cars on a bridgeThe Travel Show Watch

    A world in miniature - behind the scenes at one of the world’s largest model railways

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.