"It turned into an uncooperative caller," one of the first firefighters on the scene told The Dodo. "They had put the fire out themselves and they were refusing to leave the house. We came anyway."
The firefighter, who didn't wish to be identified for this story, walked through the front door, where he spotted four or five dogs in a ruined kitchen.
Then he went downstairs amid heavy smoke.
"I started opening doors, and every door I opened, there were more dogs," he recalled. "Five more dogs here. Six more dogs there."