Texas fire at pet-boarding facility kills 75 dogs


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No one was injured in the fire

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A fire at a pet-boarding facility in Texas killed 75 dogs Sunday night, fire officials have confirmed.

The Georgetown Fire Department opened fire at Ponderosa Pet Resort around 11 p.m. at 2518 N. Responded to the fire at Austin Avenue.


The personnel reached the spot within minutes of the call. But by the time they arrived, the Georgetown Texas Fire Department was covered in smoke from the fire. said.

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All 75 dogs living in the resort died. Fire officials believe the dogs died not from the flames but from inhaling the smoke.

Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan said no humans were injured in the flames, but “it is no less tragic.”

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“This is extremely heartbreaking for us as first responders. My heart just broke when I got the address and I knew exactly where we were going because quite frankly, I want to keep my personal pet as my own. Closest confidant, friend and one. Doesn’t judge,” Sullivan said. “And so, again, my heart just breaks for the guys.”

The cause and origin of the fire is not clear. Fire investigators are working to determine whether a fire suppression or smoke alarm was present.

The owner of the facility has reportedly cooperated with investigators. The facility is in the process of contacting dog owners to retrieve their deceased pets.

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Ponderosa Pet Resort could not be reached for comment.

Georgetown is about 30 miles north of Austin.

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