Grand Prairie woman injured in house fire while trying to rescue animals

A woman is recovering in the hospital after trying to save her pets from her burning home.

The fire Monday night was at a house on Northeast 4th Street, not far from Grand Prairie High School.

When firefighters arrived they were told the woman had gone back into the burning house. Crews went in to go after her but found her at the door.

Neighbors said the woman’s husband also tried to go back in but the fire spread too fast.

"He was in the front yard hollering to call the fire department," said David Brooks, a neighbor.

There were several animals in the home. Neighbors said the woman works for a veterinarian’s office and liked to help rescue dogs, cats and birds. Some of her animals were saved by firefighters, but at least 13 more were found dead inside the house.

The woman spent the night at the hospital. She is expected to be okay.

The family believes the fire started at an electrical outlet where a vacuum cleaner was charging. Investigators are still working to determine the exact cause.

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