Fire breaks out in house in local neighborhood with 30 dogs inside

(Photo by Kathleen Serie)
(Photo by Kathleen Serie)(KWTX)
Published: Mar. 10, 2017 at 11:11 AM CST
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Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that broke out Friday morning in a house in Killeen that evidently was being used as a sort of animal rescue shelter.

No one was home, but about 30 dogs were in the house at the time of the fire in the 500 block of Northside Drive.

The home's owner said she has an arrangement with the city to foster dogs from the Killeen Animal Shelter in order to ensure the animals aren't euthanized.

The dogs were taken to a rescue shelter in Leander.

Smoke was coming out of the vents and from the rear of the structure when the first crew from a nearby station arrived just before 10 a.m. Friday.

The fire started in the kitchen and the flames were mostly contained to that area, but the rest of the house received smoke and heat damage and some windows were broken out, a fire official said.

The cause has not been determined.

The Red Cross was providing assistance to the home's owner.