Martha Stewart's Dog Killed in Explosion

03/09/2009 at 10:35 AM EDT

Martha Stewart's Dog Killed in Explosion
Martha Stewart and her dog Ghenghis Khan
Jeff Zelevansky/Reuters/Landov
Martha Stewart is mourning the loss of her dog Ghenghis Khan who died in an explosion at a Pennsylvania kennel. The blast happened on Friday when kennel worker Timothy Kleinhagen was filling a propane tank at the facility that cared for many show dogs and was co-owned by Karen Tracy.

Kleinhagen reportedly remained in critical condition on Saturday, and Tracy called him "a hero" for trying to rescue many dogs even after suffering severe burns in the blaze. Sixteen dogs died as a result of the explosion, the Morning Call reported. Thirteen were being treated at nearby hospitals, many with first, second and third degree burns.

Stewart, who announced that she adopted Ghenghis Khan in December, posted updates on Twitter and blogged about the horrific incident Sunday on her blog in a posting titled, “A terrible event.”

"I am deeply saddened by THIS STORY," Stewart wrote on her blog. "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. Here is a tribute to my little Ghenghis Khan who perished in the blaze.

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