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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 August 2007, 07:42 GMT 08:42 UK
Dogs rescued from kennels blaze
Two dogs died as fire swept through the kennels
About 40 dogs have been rescued from a fire at a kennels in Bedfordshire in which two of the animals died.

The fire service was called to the main building at Appledown Kennels, in Eaton Bray, after reports of a blaze in the early hours.

Dogs were released from their pens by fire crews, with some given oxygen from packs carried by the teams.

Another dog has been reported missing, having fled the scene. The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

The RSPCA and vets were called to the kennels to assist with the care of the dogs.

Dogs revived

Ade Feben, of the Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Some dogs had been overcome by smoke and were given oxygen from packs carried by crews.

"The packs are in case firefighters need to revive fire victims- usually people of course - but they seemed to work on dogs too.

"In fact we thought four dogs had died but two of them came round again soon after being given oxygen."

A further 60 dogs were housed in separate buildings which were unaffected by the fire.

All but two of the dogs at the boarding kennels were saved from the fire

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