Two people, identified as a husband and wife, were injured and an estimated 53 dogs were killed when a blaze swept through a residence on Grandview Avenue shortly before 4 a.m. According to officials, a total of 70 dogs are believed to have resided inside of the one-story home.
Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans stated:
“Firefighters conducted an offensive fire attack and were able to quickly access and extinguish the fire,”
“But unfortunately it was not enough to save the lives of at least 53 dogs. It is unknown why so many dogs were in one home.”
“While an unspecified number of them were pulled from the home alive, given some measure of treatment and turned over to animal control, it was not known if they’d live.”
The surviving dogs, many who suffered smoke inhalation, were taken in by Dallas Animal Services. On Tuesday afternoon, the following was posted to the Dallas Animal Services Facebook page:
Some of the dogs coming in now, who were victims of last night's fire, are in need of oxygen support and that is something we do not have. Our vet staff is scrambling to rig up something utilizing the oxygen equipment we use for our spay/neuter surgeries while our managers reach out to some of our partners for help. Please note that this will likely cause a delay on some of today's scheduled surgeries for adopted pets. We will keep you posted throughout the day. Thank you for understanding!
According to NBC DFW News, the people sustained non life-threatening injuries and they were transported to area hospitals for treatment. Fire officials believe that the fast-moving blaze because of an electrical short in a window-mounted air-conditioning unit.
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