GEORGETOWN, TX (KXAN) – The owner of the Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown offers his condolences after at least 75 animals were killed in a fire at the facility over the weekend.
“I am emotionally upset by the accidental fire on Saturday night at our company,” wrote Phillip Paris in his statement on Monday. “Fifty-nine families are affected and their best friends will not be coming home. As a dog owner, I feel their grief intensely.
The deadly Williamson County pet store fire occurred around 11 p.m. on September 18, when fire crews said they had arrived to find “the worst possible conditions” of flames and smoke. The Georgetown Fire Department says the animals likely died from smoke inhalation.
Paris says the fire was “100% accidental” and that he is working with a local vet to make sure families get their animal remains the way they want.
Paris added in its statement:
“We work in the fog of our own grief, but we know that each family suffers more than we do. It is heartbreaking to lose a friend suddenly and without warning. I realize this and I cry for every life lost and for the families affected by this tragedy. “
Phillip Paris, owner of the Ponderosa Pet Resort
Georgetown authorities say they are working to determine the cause of the blaze, although they say there is no indication the blaze was intentionally started.
Paris says Ponderosa Pet Resort will work to find out what can be done to prevent such incidents in the future.