Fire destroys Jeffco kennel; nine dogs die

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By Emile Hallez

  Nine dogs died in a fire early Monday that destroyed a kennel about 6 miles west of Roxborough State Park.

The fire, which burned the Pampered Pets and Doggie Dude business at 13906 Kuehster Road, was reported around midnight and was not completely extinguished until 4 a.m.

“We are saddened by the loss of so many pets. Our firefighters attempted to gain entry into the facility to save the pets, but the intensity of the fire made it impossible,” Inter-Canyon Fire/Rescue Chief Dave MacBean said in a news release.

The fire was under control by about 1:30 a.m., though firefighters were deterred from entering the building by strong flames and high temperature.

Due to the distance of the kennel from a major water source, teams from the Inter-Canyon and Elk Creek fire departments had to transport water to the scene.

“This is an utterly remote area with no water supply,” said Inter-Canyon spokesman Dan Hatlestad. “All nine dogs did perish in the fire.”

Eleven emergency vehicles, including four fire engines, arrived in response to the fire.

No humans were injured. A cause of the fire had not yet been determined.

The Inter-Canyon fire marshal is working on an investigation, though results are not expected immediately, Hatlestad said.


Contact Emile Hallez Williams at emile@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22. 

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