Fire Department Chief Russell Anderson told The Dodo that the dogs were OK following the incident (and that their owners asked to remain anonymous). Anderson added that this is the only confirmed canine-caused blaze he's personally run across: "There have been fires where we suspected it over the years, [but] this is the first that allowed us to prove it."
Of course, that's not to say it couldn't happen again.
While dogs might say this all could have been prevented had the tasty leftovers been left, say, in their bowl rather than further out of reach, fire officials suggest a different measure be taken to avoid such incidents, writing online:
"If you have pets or young children in the home look into safety covers for your stove controls."