5 dogs killed in fire at Hillsborough County pet resort

A pet resort manager talks about five dogs killed in a Hillsborough County fire.

VALRICO, Fla. – Five dogs died in a fire at a pet kennel Tuesday night.

No people were injured in the Almost Home Pet Resort fire Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 513 St. Cloud Ave. North, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

Three of the dogs were the owner's show poodles and the other two were her personal pets, said Margaret Titak, a manager.

"We saw those dogs every day -- they were down here all the time," Titak said. "They would greet the clients and everybody."

Crews controlled the fire in about 30 minutes after they arrived around 8:30 p.m. Firefighters contained most the damage to the pet resort’s kitchen.

Authorities turned over the deceased dogs to animal control. First responders found the dogs inside the pet resort.

Although the cause of the fire is under investigation, Titak said the owner was told it might be electrical in nature.

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