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Few survivors in Massachusetts animal shelter fire

PAXTON, Mass. - Several dogs and cats were killed in a fire at an animal shelter in a central Massachusetts town late Sunday night.

Flames broke out at the Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals in Paxton just before 11 p.m., reports CBS Boston.

There were 12 dogs and 30 cats inside at the time, according to Fire Chief Jay Conte.

Of those, only five of the dogs and one of the cats were saved, according to the shelter's Facebook page.

Update on Sweetpea shelter fire. Brooklyn Skye, Jade and Divinci are at vet in stable condition. Stella is in critical condition and rushed to tufts. Kitten the cat is stable.

Posted by Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals on Monday, November 23, 2015

"We were very fortunate to save just those," Conte said. "The site was fully involved when we got here, so we didn't think we were going to save any of the animals."

There's no word yet on how the fire started.

The building is a total loss, according to Conte.