Mogul/media personality Martha Stewart signs copies of her new cook book "Martha Stewart's Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook" at Williams-Sonoma on October 22, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images North America)
It's a sad day for Martha Stewart. Recent reports revealed that the domestic goddess and media mogul lost her five-month-old Chow puppy Genghis Khan in a propane explosion at a kennel in Pennsylvania on Friday. She wrote on her blog in a post titled "A terrible event":
I am deeply saddned by THIS STORY. My heart goes out to Karen Tracy and I am hoping for a speedy recovery for those (both pets and humans) injured in this terrible event.
The adorable Genghis Khan.
Karen Tracy, by the way, is the breeder of the Chow puppies and co-owner of the Pazzazz Pet Boarding kennel. Timothy Kleinhagen, the driver of the propane delivery truck, was filling up the kennel's propane tank when the explosion occurred, sending flames 75 feet into the air and ripping through the animals' pens. A total of 15 dogs were killed in the explosion, two more died over the weekend, and Kleinhagen himself was in critical condition on Saturday.
Kleinhagen managed to throw a few of the dogs over the fence to safety before he was too badly burned. Tracy said, "That man is a hero. My heart goes out to his family.'' And as for the dogs still in critical condition: "'Fortunately, they have very thick skin, but the next three or four days will be touch and go.''
Watch video coverage of the explosion's aftermath here.