75 dogs killed in fire at Texas boarding center

'Fifty-nine families are affected, and their best friends won’t be coming home,' the owner of Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown said.

9/21/2021 3:59:00 PM

75 dogs have been killed in a fire at a Texas boarding center. 'Fifty-nine families are affected, and their best friends won’t be coming home,' the owner said.

'Fifty-nine families are affected, and their best friends won’t be coming home,' the owner of Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown said.

ByPhil HelselThe owner of a Texas pet-boarding company where 75 dogs died in a fire said Monday that he is heartbroken and grieving the animals' deaths.The dogs died of smoke inhalation after the fire at around 11 p.m. Saturday at the Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown, a city of around 67,000 north of Austin, fire officials said.

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"I am emotionally overwhelmed by the accidental fire on Saturday night at our business," Phillip Paris said in a statement Monday, according toNBC affiliate KXAN of Austin. “Fifty-nine families are affected, and their best friends won’t be coming home. As a dog owner, I feel their heartbreak intensely.”

The preliminary investigation has given officials no indication that the cause of the fire is criminal, but the inquiry continues, the Georgetown Fire Department said.Fire Chief John Sullivan called for patience."We want answers, and we want answers now, but we need to go through a process of identifying clearly what caused this fire so we can better learn from this and help prevent a future tragedy from occurring," he said Monday. headtopics.com

When fire crews got to the site, the facility was completely engulfed in smoke and all of the dogs at the business had died, the fire department has said.The fire department said Monday that the process of reuniting owners with their dogs will begin.Sprinklers are not required at a business of that size in Georgetown, the fire department said. Sullivan said there could be changes to the fire code in the wake of the fire.

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Does someone live on the grounds? What safety measures were in place at night? Nobody was on site 24/7? Pathetic and bad business practices. Hopefully someone is held accountable Wasn't anyone there monitoring the animals? Couldn't they , at the least, had an alarm system connected to somebody's phone? 🥺

This is horrible. Did this place not have a fire alarm system. This s why I leave my do with friends when I have to be away from home. OMG 💔🥲 someone who hates what texas is doing did this. Yeah. Just wonder if the fire was due to negligence. That’s a lot of dogs. I wonder if it was a sketch place. So sad!

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My heart is breaking for these families. God touch and comfort them all. GodBless MansBestFriend RainbowBridge Oh No! I can't begin to imagine the heartache and the agony of the people who lost their best friend. That’s horrible. it's fcuking Texas so of course fire sprinklers are not required. quite frankly, I'm surprised that Texas even has fire departments.

Worst news 😞 Really WTF. Is this fucking 3rd world or what. Disgusted I wish I didn’t know this Oh no. Terrible news. Well now I feel bad for the terrible thoughts about my neighbor’s barking ass dog. Sad

Fire at Texas Pet Resort Leaves 75 Dogs Dead: 'It Is Extremely Heart-Wrenching,' Fire Chief SaysThe fire at the Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown, Texas occurred Saturday night This really sucks. How heart breaking for everyone. So sad. Heartbreaking

ofcoarse it happened in texas 😭😭😭 Well this ruined my night, thanks. nycsouthpaw 💔 Heartbreaking 💔 R.I.P. all the angel fur babies RIP May their memories be a blessing. 😿 Ya know, I guess I'm in a different mold! Plus, I've experienced a total loss from a fire from a faulty gas line as a senior in H.S. Yet one thing I could not do, is talk to the media immediately after the fact. It would read ' Unavailable for comment! ' I'd be devistated!

Prayers If it was Texas problem no fire alarm, no sprinklers, no fire extinguishers.

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nycsouthpaw I wonder if they don’t have anyone on site overnight. My dogs’ hotel has several people there overnight, but others don’t and I refuse to board at the latter for fear this very thing would happen. Another reason to avoid Texas!

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