Vet hospital extends thanks to community in wake of arson fire

To the editor

On Sunday, Nov. 4, our business suffered a major arson fire, and we would like to send out a huge thank you to the entire community for its rapid action and support. The first responders on the scene to the early morning fire, including North Branch Fire, Harris Fire, Rush City Fire, Lakes Region EMS, local and county police, and fire marshal were so professional, skilled, efficient and helpful. They were able to quickly locate and rescue five dogs and one cat from the fire and smoke, as well as mitigate the amount of damage to our medical facility and secure necessary items.

We would like to send a special thank you to fire department official Bradley Hult who even returned after the fire was extinguished to help with damage control and securing of the building. He assisted Scott Dornbusch (A & K Construction owner) and Charlie Hult (North Branch Lamperts store manager) in covering the open roof section, which was hazardous to maneuver on due to extreme fire damage. D & G Electric and AirServ were also on site immediately after to get limited electricity and heating back working. City police officers Ron Rollins, Richard Sapp and Becca Lawrence were instrumental in their help both immediately after the fire and during this past week in assessing the cause of the fire.

And we could not have managed without our wonderful employees — many of whom along with their family members were there almost immediately to help. Thank you also to the surrounding area businesses, Oak Inn, Holiday and Subway, our suppliers and others for their kind offers of assistance and especially Pine City Veterinary Hospital for taking in our boarding clients after the fire. Thanks to Animal Medical Center of Lindstrom and Blue Sky Animal Hospital for the use of their kennel cages and exam tables. And to all our wonderful, understanding clients (both four-legged and two-legged!) and anyone we may have overlooked and everyone in the community for their concern and support, we thank you.

We have temporarily relocated to a space behind AmericInn, next to Perkins, and we will back to serving our medical clients there on Monday, Nov. 12. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer boarding or grooming until our building is rebuilt, in approximately four months.

Dr. Al Kemplin and family 

North Branch 

Veterinary Hospital

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