MENDON, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that killed more than a dozen dogs being boarded at a western New York kennel.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office tells local media the fire started around 11:15 a.m. Sunday at Add En On Kennels in the town of Mendon, 10 miles south of Rochester.
Fire officials say heavy smoke was coming from the two-story building when firefighters arrived on the scene. Strong winds spread the flames quickly to the attached kennel.
Authorities say 25 to 30 dogs were rescued but another dozen or so perished in the fire. The kennel’s staff was still trying to contact all the owners who boarded their dogs while out of town.
A kennel employee was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation.
The cause of the blaze is being investigated.