ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Fire officials said 19 dogs died early Thursday morning after flames ripped through the home of a Labradoodle breeder in Orange County.
Officials with Orange County Fire Rescue responded to the home in the 3400 block of Bay Lake Road around 6 a.m. and said 25 to 30 dogs in total were pulled from the home. Six dogs were revived through CPR and nine puppies were rescued, according to fire officials.
.@OCFireRescue providing oxygen to a puppy after being rescued from a house fire on Bay Lake Rd and Eunice Dr. The owner is a dog breeder. She says she had 26 dogs. Few survived. pic.twitter.com/wJeoB8AWXx— Q McCray (@QMcCrayWFTV) January 23, 2020
There were no other injuries in the home, according to fire officials.
“I just freaked out,” the homeowner, Marcia Mobley, told Channel 9 after seeing the flames and thinking of her dogs. “They’re like your children," she said after finding out firefighters rescued a 16-year-old dog.
Officials believe the fire may have started due to an issue with the air handler, which is part of the home’s HVAC system.
Update: #HouseFire on Bay Lake Rd: While crews were able to revive approx. 6 dogs, unfortunately 19 perished in the home. This was primarily a smoke event, causing significant smoke damage inside of the home. The dogs who survived are currently being cared for. pic.twitter.com/AkOnyCyjkD— OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) January 23, 2020
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