15 pet birds die in house fire

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SAN DIEGO — A woman and her dog were hospitalized following a fire at an Ocean Beach home that killed 15 pet birds Thursday, according to fire officials.

SDFD, SDFRD, The fire was reported about 3:25 a.m. at the house in the 2300 block of Seaside Street, a San Diego Fire- Rescue Department dispatcher said. Fire crews had the blaze knocked down in about 12 minutes, the dispatcher said.

The woman was taken to a hospital and treated for smoke inhalation and a large dog was taken to a veterinarian, according to the dispatcher. Firefighters used an oxygen mask to treat the dog before it was taken to an emergency animal hospital, news outlets reported.

The fire caused about $80,000 in damage to the property and $50,000 in damage to its contents, the dispatcher said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, she said.

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