LOWER MOUNT BETHEL TWP, Pa. -

Seventeen pet ducks were outdoors when their home was engulfed in flames early Tuesday afternoon in Lower Mount Bethel Township, Northampton County.

The destroyed duck shelter is behind a home at 7469 Little Creek Road in the township.

Initial reports were that animals were trapped inside a burning barn.

The property owner had let the ducks out of their shelter before he left for work early Tuesday morning.

It is believed the fire started in firewood stacked against one wall of the duck shed.