Monday, January 05, 2009

Shelter Fire Update


Jan went to the shelter this morning and took some photos to post on her Humane Society blog. Since several of you expressed interest in an update, she gave us permission to use her Upson Pets post on JFF. We hope this doesn't confuse Blogger and Picasa any more than they already are.

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During a thunderstorm late Saturday night, lightning hit the shelter twice. The smoke detectors went off and someone passing by called in the fire alarm. The cat room filled with smoke but none of the animals at the shelter were harmed. Because of the recent holidays, there were only about 15 animals there. The damage is estimated to be around $10,000.

County workers were cleaning up and working on repairs. The phone lines and internet are not working, but the shelter hopes to be back, at least in part, by Wednesday. Until then, they can neither take any animals in or adopt any out.


Shelter manager Smart Web at the site of lightning strike that hit the propane line and charred the fence.

Smart points out where lightning started a fire in the heating unit.

This is what the office looks like today. No phones, no computer, no paperwork, which is why the shelter will not be processing any animals in or out until further notice.



This is the office and reception ceiling.




This is the kitchen behind the office. the heating unit is in this room.


The door behind the man in red is the Isolation room, which was empty at the time of the fire. The 2nd door on the left is the cat room. And to the right front is the kitchen.



The door to the cat room is on the left and some of the dog runs can be seen in the lighted area.


Photos by Jan Price

The shelter was very fortunate that no animals were lost in this fire. They could have all died had not someone passed by at the right time. It's out in the county, not in town, so there isn't that much traffic late at night.

31 comments:

  1. You are so fortunate that no animals were hurt. Thanks for the photos.
    As soon as the CB gets back up (at least here, I can't get to it), I'll post the link.

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  2. Yes it truly was furry furtunate that no animals were hurt -

    Stooopid lightning -

    Tank woo fur sharing the pikhs -

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  3. very lucky that no animals were harmed. looks like a fair amount of damage though!

    dogsdeservefreedom

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  4. w00f's Me iz sooo glad no pups or kittys wuz hurt..lightning iz very danerous..hope u will b back up and running soon...

    b safe,
    ~rocky~

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  5. Oh my goodness! This was very scary and we're so glad that someone actually called it in! Thank goodness no animals were hurt!

    Luf, Us

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  6. Thanks for the update. The good news is that no one was hurt!
    Love,
    Am

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  7. Wow, those animals shur had an angel who was sent by there at the right time!

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  8. Thank Bast the bean was drivin by! We is happy dat no furry was hurt in this shelter!

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  9. We are so glad no bean or furry was hurt. It looks like the building had a lot of damage, we have our paws crossed they will be able to adopt doggies and kitties out soon. ~S,S & C

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  10. Wow lightning!!! That is scary. We are happy to hear that no kittys were hurt. We will purr for the shelter that everything will get fixed soon.

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  11. Wow they are so lucky that no animals where harms. Some one was watching over them all..

    Big Sloppy Kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

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  12. That heavens that someone was there to notice something early enough that no animals were lost. Good on them!!!

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  13. We are so glad no animals or people were hurt. We hope they can soon get up and running again.

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  14. God was definitely looking over the animals! So glad no one and no animals were hurt!

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  15. That sure is a lot of damage. I'm so happy none of the animals were hurt.

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  16. we are glad that none of the animals were hurt. it does look terrible but structurally it seems sound. will insurance pay to fix everything?

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  17. We sure are glad none of the animals got hurt...

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  18. What a shame. Will there be a donation drive to help rebuild?

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  19. This just isn't a good way to start the new year. You were fortunate though that no furries were hurt, this could have been so much worse. I hope things get back to normal, whatever that is, before long.

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  20. We are furry furry glad that no critters got hurted!

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  21. Jan, thank you for giving us an update.

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  22. were glad tha animals werent harmed and tha fire too bad. itz still bad news but at least it wuz kawt before any animals were harmed.

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  23. Oh man, good thing those beans were passing by at da right time...and dat no aminals got hurted.

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  24. I'm sorry about the damage to the shelter but glad that no animals were lost to the fire. Hope all is well with you guys too. Purrs to you all from Snow, Leo n Fairy and to all the kitties at the shelter too :)

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  25. Oh, we are so glad that no kitties or woofies were hurted in the fire! And what luck that someone passed by at the right time.

    Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao.

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  26. Oh THANK GOD everydog and everycat is all right, and thank God the humans are all okay too. Thats a very dangerous situation, my sister's place got hit by lighting once and burned up beyond devastation in the resulting fire. Everyone got out but boy was it scary.

    We are glad to hear everyone is okay Jan.

    Take care and Happy New Year to you Jan and all your four-legged furries there!

    Jaime, Benson, Gibsion, Theodore and Sasha

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  27. We are so happy to hear that no furfriends were hurt. Paws crossed that normal operations can resume soon!

    Butt wiggles, Meadow

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  28. I'm so gwad no animals were hurt. Purrs to all of you!

    Boy

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  29. That looks bad enough! It would have been worse if a furryone had died, though. But surely they can't easily afford the money...

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  30. I'm so happy it wasn't any worse.

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  31. We're so glad that no animal or human was hurt. We hope that the Shelter can be fixed up andget back to business soon.

    Whicky Wuudler

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