PHOENIX – A fire at a Phoenix home left an 80-year-old woman in critical condition and led to the discovery of more than 20 dogs in metal cages at the residence, authorities said.
According to the Phoenix Fire Department, officials responded to the fire at about 12:50 p.m. MST, The Arizona Republic reported.
Crews rescued the woman and took her to an area hospital, where she was listed in “extremely critical condition,” Phoenix Fire Department Capt. Todd Keller told the newspaper.
While at the scene, firefighters discovered more than 20 dogs inside the home in cages, KPNX-TV reported. Authorities said 15 of the animals died and seven were being treated, according to the television station.
Ed Persival, a neighbor, told KPNX that he was in his front yard when he saw smoke billowing from the house.
“The first thing I did, I just shot out and started yanking my garden hose, trying to do what I can,” Persival told the television station.
The Humane Society and other animal care groups have been contacted by fire officials to assist in the care of the surviving animals, KNXV-TV reported.
Keller said no firefighter injuries were reported and the cause of the fire was under investigation, the Republic reported.
“At this time, one person will be displaced,” Keller told the newspaper.