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Woman hurt in fire that killed 3 pets

Three dogs perished early Saturday in a Hamburg house fire that also sent one woman to the hospital, police and fire officials said.

Firefighters were called just before 2 a.m. Saturday to extinguish a blaze in a single-family home at 2225 Willow Lane, Hamburg police said.

The house was engulfed by flames by the time firefighters arrived at the scene, but the two people in the home were safely out, said Frank Schneider, second assistant chief for the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company.

"One of the occupants -- the homeowner -- had some burns on her arms," Schneider said Saturday. "She was trying to recover her three pet dogs that were inside, but the fire was too hot at this point."

The woman was treated in Erie County Medical Center for minor burns and smoke inhalation, police said.

Two oxygen tanks exploded in the home, intensifying the fire, Schneider said.

At one point, he said, the roof and floor of the home collapsed, but no firefighters were injured. Firefighters from Lake Shore and several other local fire companies fought the blaze from outside the home to keep it from spreading to neighboring houses, Schneider said.

"We were just trying to control the fire," Schneider said. "It was a pretty intense battle."

The fire appeared to start in a bedroom, Schneider said. The cause remains under investigation.

Officials did not have a damage estimate on Saturday, but Schneider said the house was a total loss.