- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

CODY, Wyo. (AP) - Six dogs have died after a fire at a Wyoming service dog breeding and training business.

The Cody Enterprise reports (https://bit.ly/1N90222 ) that Cody Fire Marshal Sam Wilde says the Sunday morning fire was caused by pyrolysis, a reaction that occurs from the breakdown of combustible materials in older homes.

Michael Thomas, who runs the business with Denea Thomas, says it was too late to rescue the dogs when he arrived at the scene around 3:40 a.m.

He says two of the dogs had busted out of their kennels and didn’t die in the fire but from smoke inhalation. Two pregnant German shepherds and three male Dutch shepherds died, along with Thomas’ personal dog, a German shepherd named Hektor.

Thomas says the dogs were worth more than $60,000 in total.

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