NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports from the scene of the fire on Diane Avenue early Wednesday.
Eight animals were killed in a Clairemont house fire early Wednesday.
Firefighters rescued several dogs from the home on Diane Avenue after fire broke out in a back bedroom just after 4 a.m.
The homeowner left around 3:30 a.m. to take her son to work at the airport. When she returned, she noticed flames in the back of the home.
As the homeowner went to open the front door, smoke started pouring out of the home.
Fire crews say it looks like the fire started in a back bedroom but spread throughout the house when they arrived.
Firefighters created a hole in the roof to ventilate the home.
Of the 16 animals on the property, firefighters were able to bring out eight dogs to the homeowner.
“I think we got all the ones in the back yard. The two in the house didn’t make it. The five in the garage didn’t make it. The smoke just…” she told NBC 7.
Neighbors were a big help comforting her after her loss.
“You may not talk to them every day,” she said. “But God puts people in the right place at the right time.”
Firefighters said they have wrapped up the investigation however they say they have not yet figured out the cause of the fire.