50 dogs and cats rescued from kennel and apartment fire in Westport


WESTPORT, CT (WFSB) – Crews rescued approximately 50 dogs and cats from a kennel and apartment fire in Westport on Wednesday night.

The Westport Fire Department said a fire alarm went off at the mixed occupancy building on Post Road East just before 11.45pm.

Firefighters said they saw heavy fire coming from the second floor when they arrived.

They discovered that the building housed a boarding house for dogs and cats on the first floor and in the basement and that an apartment was on the second floor.

The Fairfield and Norwalk fire departments assisted each other. Firefighters said they attacked the fire with two hose nozzles to put it out.

Searches of the building determined that three people inside the 2nd floor apartment had escaped.

One of the dogs was saved from the fire.(Westport Fire Department)

The occupants were awakened by smoke detectors. They said their exit was blocked by fire, so they had to jump from a second story window to get out. They were processed and assessed on site by Westport EMS. They did not need to be taken to hospital.

Westport Fire and Police said they rescued and removed around 50 dogs and cats from the dog and cat boarding house on the ground floor.

The fire is being investigated by the Westport Fire Marshal’s Office.

Crews rescued around 50 dogs and cats from a kennel and apartment fire in Westport on Thursday night.
Crews rescued around 50 dogs and cats from a kennel and apartment fire in Westport on Thursday night.(Westport Fire Department)

“The Westport Fire Department would like to remind residents that working smoke detectors save lives,” the department wrote in a news release. “Please ensure that you have working smoke detectors in your home.”

The Norwalk and Wilton Fire Departments provided station coverage during the incident, Westport Fire Department said.


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