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CAROL STREAM, Ill. —  At least 30 dogs were killed in an early morning fire Monday at a kennel in Carol Stream. The kennel’s owner along with firefighters were able to rescue more than 20 dogs.

Officials said the fire started around 5:30 a.m. at D and D Kennel located at 2N144 N. County Farm Road in Carol Stream. The kennel’s owner, Garrett Mercado, lives above the kennel but was not home at the time.

Upon arriving home, Mercado saw the flames and attempted to save as many dogs as he could.

Mercado blistered his hands unlatching kennel locks. Mercado lost all but one of his own dogs in the fire.

Mercado has owned the kennel for about year and specializes in dogs that have been abused or have behavioral issues. The dogs he housed come from other shelters and some private owners.

Mercado and firefighters were able to save 20 dogs. In the confusion, some dogs bit three firefighters. Six dogs ran away, but five were later found.

The rescued dogs were taken to DuPage County Animal Care and Control.

Two dogs were still missing as of Tuesday, Jan. 15. Boo and Simba are still missing. Anyone who sees the dogs are urged to call the numbers on the flyers.