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Update: May 21:

Derty Dog K9 Retreat boarding and daycare center released the following statement on its Facebook page.

"Most of you have heard about the fire that started last night in one of our boarding buildings that resulted in loss of life. The families of the ones who were lost are devastated, our staff is devastated, and our family is devastated. Please pray for all involved, especially the families of the dogs who are gone. We pride ourselves in being here for all of you and consider you family. Today you all were here for us. Your overwhelming support and offers to help have gotten us through the last 20 hours. So much love from this community. We are also so thankful for all of the other boarding businesses who have reached out and offered donations, supplies , and help.Our staff has shown how much they care and how this is more than just a job. They pulled together in crisis mode and stayed up the entire night and have been working tirelessly all day to ensure everyone is taken care of.For those of you who have reservations and are asking, we are shutting down, assessing the situation, meeting with property management and the landlord, and we will communicate our plan to you as soon as possible. The city gave us the ok for the remainder or the property, but we first have some really difficult things we need to deal with. Just please be patient and give us a couple days to get our bearings. Thank you again for your kindness and prayers for all involved as we deal with the grief, broken hearts, and shock."

Four dogs died in a fire sparked by an air-conditioning unit catching fire at Derty Dog K9 Retreat boarding and daycare center on Brentwood Boulevard in Brentwood Thursday night.

"It appears that an air-conditioning unit on one of the buildings at Derty

Dog K9 Retreat caught fire," said Brentwood police Lieutenant Mark

Louwerens. "The fire then spread to the building catching it on fire as well."

East Contra Costa Fire Protection District crews extinguished  the fire quickly after it began at about 10 p.m., preventing it from spreading to surrounding buildings. Fifteen other dogs at the facility at the time were accounted for and are in good condition, police said.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Anyone with information on the fire is encouraged to call the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District at 925-634-3400.


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