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Fire claims the lives of 7 dogs in Halifax

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On New Year's Day, firefighters responded to a house fire in Halifax, Mass. The homeowners, William and Anne Ohara escaped the fire but their seven dogs did not, according to the Patriot Ledger. The couple suffered from smoke inhalation and were brought to the hospital. The seven dogs were in the basement and did not make it out.

Firefighters noticed smoke coming out from each corner of the house and found flames engulfing the basement, where officials believe the fire may have started. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Halifax Fire Department and the Fire Marshal.

The Ohara's injuries were not life-threatening and damage to their home is estimated at more than $100,000. It took an hour to put out the fire with the help of surrounding towns.

Animal control officers assisted with removing the seven dogs from the basement. The dogs were placed in a shed behind the home.

UPDATE: Disturbing details emerge regarding 7, now 12, dogs killed in Halifax fire

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