KILLINGLY, Conn. (WTNH) — Emergency crews saved a Labrador and her four puppies from a two-alarm house fire in Killingly. Unfortunately other animals in the home did not make it out of the fire.
The fire chief confirmed that the home is a total loss and most of the damage was done in the back of the house. This is one of those spots where there are no fire hydrants, so the fire chief said fighting the flames was difficult.
“So we have to bring in our own water and we used tankers. About 30,000 gallons on the road and we do what’s called a shuttle. You bring the water in, drop it off, then you go to a water source in this case a pond and you fill back up again,” said Chief Seth DeAngelis, Killingly Fire Dept.
No people were home at the time of the fire but there were quite a few animals inside. The fire chief said crews went into the home and got four, 3-week-old black and yellow Labrador puppies and their mother, a black Labrador dog, out safely. One adult Labrador dog, who is believed to be the father of the puppies, died in the fire. Emergency officials tried to resuscitate him with CPR but were unsuccessful.
Several cats also died in the fire. Crews from the Northeast Regional Animal Control were back at the home to investigate. The rescued dogs are being taken care of by animal control. It’s unclear if the puppies were being bred for someone or not.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.