FREMONT (BCN) – Three were killed in a one-alarm fire at a pet store in Fremont Monday morning, a Fremont fire official said.

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at Puppy Paws in the 40000 block of Fremont Boulevard at 5:55 a.m. The blaze was extinguished in about 15 minutes, fire Battalion Chief Jim Martin said.

Responders rescued seven puppies but three died, he said.

There are two other commercial tenants on the ground floor of the two-story building and one apartment on the second floor with two occupants, Martin said.

No one was injured in the blaze, which is believed to have been an electrical fire, but the residents won’t able to return until an investigation has been conducted to ensure that the building is safe, Martin said.

Martin estimated that the fire caused about $75,000 in damage. He is unsure how long it will be before the commercial occupants can return.

The rescued puppies were taken to the home of Puppy Paws’ owner where he was taking care of them, Martin said.

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