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Updated Nov 15, 2012 - 6:00 pm

Puppies die in Phoenix house fire

PHOENIX -- Phoenix firefighters say their efforts to save four puppies that were pulled from a burning home were unsuccessful.

The fire started Thursday morning in the home's garage, possibly by a woman living illegally in the home.

"We believe that there's a good possibility that she was squatting in the home," said Phoenix Fire Cpt. Jonathon Jacobs. "In the garage area she possibly made a warming fire and that she had these puppies with her and this fire got out of control."

The woman escaped with one puppy.

Neighbors say a resident went into the home to try to save the puppies. Firefighters used special pet masks and oxygen on the others, but Jacobs says they died of smoke inhalation.

It also appears that there was a delay in authorities being called.

"There was definitely a delay in the 911 process," said Jacobs. "This fire had went through an attic area, burnt through a roof with shingles on it, there was a delay there and that calling of 911 is really important."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.

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