BROOKSVILLE, Fla. -- Two neighbors helped an older woman get out of her burning house on Monday, but her three dogs died in the blaze.

Before fire crews arrived, the neighbors saw the fire and entered the burning house to get the neighbor out. She initially did not want to leave until she found her dogs.

They did re-enter the home in an attempt to rescue the dogs.

About 3 p.m., Hernando County Fire Rescue arrived and found heavy smoke and fire coming from the home. The fire was quickly brought under control, but the house had already had sustained heavy damage. The homeowner was not seriously injured.
Fire crews found three dogs in the residence, but had perished due to the fire.

There were three fire engines, three rescue units, two battalion chiefs, and a division chief for a total of 18 personnel on scene. Assistance came from the Brooksville Fire Department with a fire engine and a district chief.

The cause of the fire could not be determined. The Florida Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigation was requested to investigate the cause of the fire.