Nov 29, 2012 8:40 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Pet resort installs heat detector system after deadly fire

It's been a little more than a week since a fire at a popular pet resort. The resort is now taking steps to prevent future fires. The fire broke out early last Monday morning at Thousand Hills Pet Resort, just outside the city of San Luis Obispo.

Three small kennels burned, killing the seven dogs inside. Cal Fire said the cause of the fire was electrical.

The resort is set up in two sections -- one for overnight boarding and the other for daycare. The fire happened in the overnight area. All the pet owners were out of town for the holiday weekend.

The facility has a new fire detection system. Heat sensors and an alarm system that cost the resort $6,000, but the founder said it is worth every penny. If the system detects heat, the sensors will alert the alarm company, which will then alert the fire department, a process that takes no longer than 45 seconds.

"There is one for each individual unit and those will detect if there is a heat rise above 135 degrees or if the temperature rises in a short amount of time," said Jack Gould, who is the founder of Thousand Hills Pet Resort.

Electricians have not been able to pinpoint if the heating pads in the kennels were the cause of the fire, but the resort plans to install heated tile flooring. There will be no exposed wiring. All the heating pads have been removed from the kennels.

The pet resort is planning a memorial for the dogs that were killed. It is going to private and the exact date has not been determined because one of the families who lost a dog in the fire is out of the country.



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