Merced Fire Department firefighters rescued two small dogs from a house fire Friday afternoon on the corner of R and 20th streets.
Firefighter Casey Wilson found the two dogs inside the house and pulled them to safety.
The dogs suffered minor smoke inhalation and were resuscitated by firefighters. Animal Control then took the dogs to the SPCA at Castle Commerce Center.
At 3:24 p.m., firefighters received a call that a home was engulfed in flames and that there might be a person inside.
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After they got there, firefighters discovered the animals, but didn't find anyone else inside, said Merced Fire Department battalion chief Shawn Henry.
The house suffered substantial damage to the front room and kitchen, Henry said.
Henry said it was unclear about who owned the home, but it appeared to be abandoned.
Neighbors stood on nearby streets and watched as smoke billowed from the unkempt house.
Bystanders said the house was occupied by transients and full of garbage.
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