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Salem Fire Department investigating cause of fire at dog daycare

Posted by Justin Rice  February 21, 2012 12:31 PM

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Firefighters rescued eight to 10 dogs from the second floor of Playful Paws Doggie Daycare (63 Jefferson Ave.), according to Chris Gangi, who owns the body shop on the property called Allied Collision.

"They don't know the cause yet," Gangi, who noted that the fire started in the office of the dog daycare, said during a telephone interview today. "There was substantial damage to the upper part of the building."

Cody estimated the damage at $375,000.

Gangi said no one was injured and one police officer was treated for smoke inhalation. He said the dog daycare will not be open for some time.

"We're fully operational," he said. "We don't have an office but we're going to be working out of a trailer."

The fire was called in at approximately 7:49 a.m. yesterday morning, according to the police logs.   

“[Officer William] Riley radioed to dispatch that the building was engulfed upon his arrival,” according to the police logs. “Numerous Salem Fire units were on scene working the fire. The interior of the building was cleared and everyone was out safely.

“Once the fire scene was cleared, the street was reopened to the flow of traffic and units were able to clear the area.”

Gangi said the fire took about an hour to put out. He said the entire building is owned by the owner of the dog daycare, Johanna Kerr.

Kerr could be reached for comment.

"[Her] office caught on fire, which is above my office," Gangi said. "We sustained a lot of water damage obviously because they were above us. We’re fully operational right now."


Justin A. Rice can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com.

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