One dog, puppies die in kennel fire

Published 2:49 pm Thursday, November 4, 2021

Neighbors who are off-duty Suffolk firefighters saved about 20 dogs from a fire on Thursday morning; sadly, however, one dog and eight puppies died.

The fire in the 6100 block of Old Myrtle Road off Route 460/Pruden Boulevard was reported at 9:59 a.m., and the first units arrived on scene at 10:09 a.m., according to a city press release.

Crews found two shed-type structures at the residence, both heavily engulfed in flames. The two neighbors and off-duty firefighters had moved 20 dogs in a gated kennel out of harm’s way; however, one dog and eight puppies inside one of the structures perished.

Suffolk Animal Control responded to the scene, the release stated. The property owner possesses a current kennel license.

The fire was called under control at 10:26 a.m. Two nearby vehicles sustained heat damage. There were no injuries.

Responding units included Battalion 1; Engines 1, 2, 4, and 6; Medic 1; Rescue 1; Tankers 1 and 7; Ladder 3; and EMS 2.

Suffolk Police provided traffic control, and the immediate area remains closed to through traffic until emergency vehicles are removed.

The Fire Marshal’s Office will be investigating the cause of the fire.