- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) - Investigators say a dozen dogs have died following a Houston house fire as the residents ran an errand.

Authorities are trying to determine whether Thursday night’s blaze was related to electrical issues during stormy weather. Officials are looking at whether some outlets were overloaded and there was a power surge.

Homeowner Martha Caudle says she and her husband went to a hardware store on an errand when a neighbor called to report seeing smoke at their home.

Officials say Siberian huskies, schnauzers and a Rottweiler were trapped in the smoke-filled house. No damage estimate was immediately available for the structure.

Authorities say the family’s cat survived by fleeing into the garage.

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