Two dogs killed in Orange County warehouse fire


A collapsed pile of melted metal, a burned-out trailer and a heap of tires are all that’s left after flames ripped through a warehouse in the Orange County community of Lockhart on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, the state fire marshal’s team spoke with people who were there when the flames erupted. Everyone managed to escape, but Don Owens’ two dogs, Baby and Riley, did not. “They were my friends, my babies,” Owens said. Don was not there when the fire broke out, but his brother, Frank, was. “Flames were all the way up to the roof,” Frank Owens said. Frank said he noticed the fire after hearing a loud boom, but he had no idea that the dogs were inside. David Kiss was there too. “I was terrified because I was trying to get my truck pulled out and I was breathing in the black smoke,” Kiss said. “You couldn’t see.”The warehouse is divided into three units: a tire business and then two workshops that Owens and Kiss rented.Both men said inside their workshops, they lost years’ worth of projects to the flames, including a 1955 Chevy, 1982 Chevy and motorcycle. “I ain’t got nothing left,” Kiss said. The state fire marshal’s office said their preliminary finding is that the fire was caused by an accident.The office adds that the cause could change since the investigation is open and ongoing.

A collapsed pile of melted metal, a burned out trailer and heap of tires are all that’s left after flames ripped through a warehouse in the Orange County community of Lockhart on Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday, the state fire marshal’s team spoke with people who were there when the flames erupted.

Everyone managed to escape, but Don Owens’ two dogs, Baby and Riley, did not.

“They were my friends, my babies,” said Owens.

Don was not there when the fire broke out, but his brother, Frank, was.

“Flames were all the way up to the roof,” Frank Owens said.

Frank said he noticed the fire after hearing a loud boom, but he had no idea that the dogs were inside.

David Kiss was there too.

“I was terrified because I was trying to get my truck pulled out and I was breathing in the black smoke,” Kiss said. “You couldn’t see.”

The warehouse is divided into three units: a tire business and then two workshops that Owens and Kiss rented.

Both men said inside their workshops, they lost years’ worth of projects to the flames, including a 1955 Chevy, 1982 Chevy, and motorcycle.

“I ain’t got nothing left,” Kiss said.

The state fire marshal’s office said their preliminary finding is that the fire was caused by accident.

The office adds that cause could change since the investigation is open and ongoing.

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