Groomers, dogs escape fire in Franktown

January 16, 2014 at 9:17 am

By Chris Michlewicz

Gigi Allen, owner of Gigi’s Groom & Board in Franktown, cuddles with a canine companion in a photo from the company’s website. The shop sustained damage during a fire Nov. 14.

Employees of a Franktown dog grooming shop were able to escape with their lives and those of their canine customers when a fire swept through.
The Franktown Fire Protection District observed flames and smoke when it arrived on scene around 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at Gigi’s Groom & Board on the northeast corner of Colorado 83 and Colorado 86. Thirty-four firefighters and 12 apparatuses from Franktown, South Metro Fire Rescue, Castle Rock Fire Rescue and Kiowa Fire Protection District were dispatched to fight the blaze, which caused significant damage to the back portion of the building and the roof, said Dave Woodrick, deputy chief for Franktown fire.
There were no injuries and the employees were able to get all of the animal occupants out.
Investigators are still trying to determine a cause and calculate the cost of fire and smoke damage, as well as damage caused by the water that was used to extinguish the flames. Officials do not consider the shop a total loss, Woodrick said. No neighboring businesses reported any damage.
On its website, Gigi’s Groom & Board bills itself as a “full service grooming and cage-free boarding salon” that specializes in all breeds and has 20 years of experience. It has hourly and daily daycare and a boarding facility with 24/7 care and “unlimited playtime and attention.”

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