NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Twenty-five dogs are dead after a New Bern kennel caught on fire Monday morning.
The website for Lynaire Kennels says it boards and grooms animals as well as serves as a crematory for pets that have passed away.
It’s been an emotional scene at the business throughout the morning.
Eighty animals were at the Lynaire Kennels before the fire took place. 35 were picked up last night. Out of the remaining 45 that remained when the fire started, 25 died and 20 were saved.
Seventy firefighters from five departments battled the fire for almost two hours.
The Township 7 fire chief said crews were able to save about half of the building.
The 20 pets saved were transferred to another boarder nearby.
Pet owners stopped by all morning and still don’t have answers.
“The not knowing and with the fact that in all likelihood it is bad news that’s the worst part,” said David Smith. “Not confirming it, but pretty well being assured that she did not make it.”
WNCT spoke briefly with the owners who are working to access files to help them identify the pet owners. All of their computers were lost in the fire.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.