A fire at a Texas pet boarding house on Sunday night killed 75 dogs, firefighters confirmed.
The Georgetown Fire Department responded to the blaze around 11 p.m. at the Ponderosa Pet Resort at 2518 N. Austin Ave.
The teams were on site just minutes after the call. But by the time they arrived the facility was engulfed in smoke from the blaze, the Georgetown Texas Fire Department noted.
All 75 dogs staying at the resort died. Firefighters believe the dogs likely died from smoke inhalation, not the blaze’s flames.
Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan said no humans were injured in the flames, but “that doesn’t make it any less tragic.”
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“It is extremely heartbreaking for us as first responders. My heart sank when I received the address and I knew exactly where we were going because frankly I consider my pet to be my most close confidant, friend, and one who does not judge, “Sullivan said.” And so, once again, my heart breaks for people. ”
The cause and origin of the fire remain unclear. Fire investigators are working to determine if fire detectors or smoke detectors were present.
The owner of the facility is said to have cooperated with investigators. The property is in the process of contacting the owners of the dogs so that they can pick up their deceased animals.
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The Ponderosa Pet Resort could not be reached for comment.
Georgetown is approximately 30 miles north of Austin.