Firefighters save animals from burning west Phoenix home

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PHOENIX - A west Phoenix home that housed a greyhound rescue went up in flames Saturday afternoon.

The home's occupants and all of the animals got out safety, but the house was significantly damaged.

The fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. on Dahlia Drive near Sweetwater and 47th avenues.

Phoenix Fire Capt. Scott Walker said the fire likely started in the kitchen where two of the occupants had been cooking. He said they left the room for a few minutes and returned to find flames shooting up into the cabinets and then into the attic.

Strong winds caused the flames to spread through most of the roof. Both of the people at home were able to get out quickly. One of them was treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation.

Neighbors said the homeowners operated a greyhound dog rescue out of their home. Firefighters were able to get at least nine dogs and a cat out safely.

One of the residents is a musician, according to neighbors. Firefighters were also able to recover dozens of instruments from the house.

About 40 firefighters from both the Phoenix and Glendale fire departments responded.

Walker said the house is now uninhabitable.