More than 30 dogs died in Michigan kennel fire

The authorities say that more than two dozen dogs are believed to have died in the early morning fire.

(Cory Morse /the Grand Rapids Press via AP)

At least 30 dogs have died in a fire that engulfed a boarding kennel in Michigan early Friday morning, authorities said.

The fire broke out just before 5 a.m., and Friday in the vicinity of the Storm Ahead of Kennels in Fruitport Township.

Officials told local media that by the time the fire brigade arrived the scene in the kennel was already fully engulfed in flames.

“There was no possibility of a rescue,” Brian Michelli, the public safety director for Fruitport Township, told

He said that the kennel owners live on site and saw the fire when one of the residents stood up to go to the restroom. He added they believe the fire had been burning for some time, while the owners slept.

“As we pulled in, the structure was fully engulfed and there was a partial collapse,” Michelli said.

Authorities say the kennel was at the time of the fire.

(Cory Morse /the Grand Rapids Press via AP)

The kennel was at the time of the fire, he said.

Area schools have spring break next week and some of the dogs were deposited as families leave the city.

The kennel owners to contact the owners of the dog and Friday.

“Of course, it is very traumatic for them,” Michelli said.

An owner who lost her dog in the fire, told FOX17 she was on the road, in the direction of her spring break vacation, when she received a phone call to let her know her Newfoundland puppy, Harley, is not.

“She was 11 months old yesterday,” said the woman. “She was just dropped off last night at 7 o’clock.”

Storm Forward Kennel opened in 2004 and is known as a breeding facility for Labrador Retrievers, local media reported.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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