MANLIUS, N.Y. — A litter of puppies was killed late Monday morning after a Manlius kitchen caught fire, firefighters said.
No residents were home at 7948 Broadfield Road when the fire started, Manlius Fire Chief John Buskey said. A passerby reported the fire around 11 a.m. after seeing flames coming from the residence, Buskey said.
When firefighters arrived, smoke was billowing from the building’s eaves, Assistant Chief Brad Pinsky said. Firefighters found between seven to 10 dogs inside, Pinsky said. Most were puppies.
Because the home’s windows were closed, the oxygen-deprived fire didn’t move past the kitchen, Pinsky said. But sweltering temperatures and carbon monoxide proved fatal to most of the dogs.
“It was too hot,” Pinsky said.
Pinsky said firefighters carried each of the dogs out of the house. All of the puppies, including one found hiding under a couch, died. Two adult dogs survived.
“It was definitely disturbing,” Pinsky said.
One of the adult dogs was in bad shape when firefighters carried him outside, Pinsky said. After coaxing the dog to drink water and giving him oxygen, firefighters placed the dog in the chief’s truck and rushed him to a local veterinarian.
No firefighters were injured, Pinsky said.
Although the kitchen was severely burned, Pinsky said the rest of the home sustained little fire or water damage. The house, Pinsky said, was saved.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.