Connecticut firefighters have rescued over 50 cats and dogs from a burning kennel as three residents managed to escape after being awoken by their smoke detectors.
The building blaze took place in the town of Westport in Fairfield County in the US state of Connecticut on 20th April.
Over 50 animals were rescued from Town House for Dogs and Cats located on the building’s first floor and basement.
Town of Westport Fire Department said in a statement on 21st April: “Westport Emergency Communications Center dispatched firefighters to a commercial fire alarm at a mixed occupancy building on Post Road East.
“Westport Police officers arrived and reported visible fire coming from the building.”
The fire authority stated: “The fire department arrived and found heavy fire on the second floor of a mixed occupancy building. The building housed a dog and cat boarding facility on the first floor and basement as well as an apartment on the second floor.
“Fairfield and Norwalk Fire Department provided mutual aid at the scene of the fire.
“Firefighters attacked the fire with two hose lines to extinguish the fire. Searches of the building determined that the occupants on the 2nd floor had escaped the fire.”
The fire department added: “Westport Firefighters and Westport Police Officers rescued and removed approximately 50 dogs and cats from the dog and cat boarding facility.
“The three occupants of the second-floor apartment were awakened by smoke detectors. The occupant’s exit was blocked by fire. The occupants had to jump from a second-floor window to escape the fire.
“The occupants were treated and assessed on-scene by Westport EMS. The occupants did not require transport to the hospital.
“The fire is under investigation by the Westport Fire Marshal’s Office. The Westport Fire Department would like to remind residents that working smoke detectors save lives.”
Five hours later, Fire Chief Michael Kronick gave an update on the blaze: “Approximately 50 dogs and cats were saved at the Town House for Dogs structure fire last night.
“The animals were moved to another part of the kennel that was not affected by the fire. They are safe and being cared for by the staff of Town House for Dogs.
“Two dogs that belonged to the owners regretfully perished in the second-floor apartment that was involved in the fire. Cause of the fire is under investigation by the Westport Fire Marshal’s Office.”