Texas Animal Shelter Fire Kills Resident Animals; ‘Puppy Room Hit the Worst’

March 16, 2016 Updated: March 17, 2016

A fire at an animal shelter in Beaumont, Texas has resulted in the deaths of 67 dogs.

The Humane Society of Southeast Texas (HSSET) caught fire late March 15. Of the resident dog population, only 11 survived.

According to Beaumont Fire Rescue, firefighters responded when “a nearby resident saw flames coming from the building.” The animals “perished due to smoke conditions” created by the fire.

A dryer in the shelter’s laundry facility was the cause of the fire, 

The puppy room was hit the worst.
— Amy Bean, The Humane Society of Southeast Texas

Shelter staff and volunteers did their best to move live animals to a nearby building for treatment, according to the Fire Rescue press release.

The on scene team of the local Beaumont news, 12NewsNow, reported seeing responding medical personnel give oxygen to a rescued dog. President of the HSSET board, Amy Bean, told 12NewsNow that the puppy room was hit the worst. 

The HSSET was housing around 200 dogs and other animals before the fire broke out, according to 12NewsNow. In 2015, the shelter housed 1,256 animals

HSSET posted to its Facebook page that it has “no words to describe the pain [it is] feeling right now.”

The Humane Society of Southeast Texas, founded in 1962, is in need of monetary donations, noting that they are “grateful for everyone who had brought us food. But right now we do not have any more animals to feed.”

Update: today we are accessing the damages at the shelter and caring for our animals, scheduling vet appointments, and…

Posted by Humane Society of Southeast Texas on Wednesday, March 16, 2016