At least 75 dogs have died in a fire at a pet resort in Georgetown to the north Austin in central Texas.
The fire started on Saturday night. The Georgetown Fire Department said 25 firefighters had been dispatched to deal with the blaze after several calls reporting the flames were at Ponderosa Pet Resort.
Fire Chief John Sullivan said during a press briefing on Sunday: “My heart just broke when I found out and I knew where we were going.”
Firefighters reached the resort in less than five minutes, but by that time the building was already filled with smoke. Firefighters reached the building, but it was too late. They found that all 75 dogs living in the resort had been killed.
There was no human in the building at the time of the fire. Officials are working with the resort’s owner to return the pet’s remains to their families, Fox 17 reported.
City officials said the owner was remorseful, cooperative and had “no reason to believe he was trying to compromise the care of any family member who was left in his care.” “.
Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire and if any alarms or other fire extinguishing measures were in use.
Chief Sullivan said, “We are looking at all possible clues so that when we look these landlords, property owners, people who have lost family members in the eye, we can tell them with certainty what happened.” “But more importantly, it’s not just what happened, it’s where we can try to figure out together how we can prevent this kind of event from happening again in the future.”
Smoke caused damage to large parts of the 7,500-square-foot (697 m) facility, but no damage was caused by the fire, leading investigators to believe that most of the dogs died from smoke inhalation and not the fire. by direct contact.
“My heart went out because it was unfair that I could go home last night and give my dog Rockford the biggest hug,” Chef Sullivan said, according to CBS Austin. “He is my comfort, he is my confidant. And many of these landlords have now taken away from him. And I should not say that the homeowners, they are family members who have now lost a loved one.”
“It is difficult to accept the fact that we arrived so early, yet we could not save a single life in this building,” he said. “The conditions and the smoke let it be where it wasn’t sustainable, and it’s hard for us to wrap our minds around. And so there’s no closure for us, but what we want to do is shut down those who have Lost a family member here last night and allowed them to be reunited.”
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Texas