TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - A passerby called 911 on Sunday morning when they drove by a house in the 1400 block of North Stone with fire showing through the front door.
The caller approached the house and knocked on windows to make sure nobody was inside.
TFD crews were on scene within five minutes and reported smoke and flames from the front door along with the presence of a basement or crawl space. Basements are relatively rare in Tucson and can create tactical challenges since they have limited access points.
The fire was isolated to an area around the front door and burned through the floor.
The building is the home of Lend A Bone Dog Rescue, according to the group’s CEO Julie Anaya.
She said Sunday afternoon that beyond the damage from smoke and flames, it appears someone robbed the building. They’re missing several valuable items, according to Anaya.
She figures the rescue won’t be able to open now for a couple months. Anaya remains positive and focused on her mission.
“Dogs are literally the best things in the world to me,” she said. “I want to do my part to help save them. I feel like I’m in the position to do so, so I want to do it and there’s nothing more I want to do with my life than help dogs.”
Crews were able to extinguish the fire and confirm that it did not spread to the crawl space below. Nine units responded to the fire and were able to bring it under control within fifteen minutes.
There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters.
Investigators are currently working to determine the cause of the fire.
A GoFundMe has been established to help Lend A Bone.