By Mike Schuh

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — An overnight fire Wednesday in South Baltimore has left one woman and two dogs dead.

The Baltimore City Fire Department said the fire in the 4100 block of Doris Ave in Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood wasn’t large and its hard to tell at a glance which home was involved,

It’s only when you see broken windows and the ventilation hole cut into the roof by firefighters that you realize something serious happened.

Officials said fire crews were called to the scene around 2:30 a.m.

“When we arrived on the scene firefighters found a small fire in the rear of a home of a two story middle of the group dwelling,” said BCFD Spokesperson Blair Skinner,

On either side, neighbors tell WJZ they smelled smoke and headed out the door. The neighbor with an adjoining wall to the south grabbed mom’s walker and escorting her outside to safety.

In the home that caught fire, however, something went wrong.

The woman, who neighbors say is in her mid 40’s, managed to get outside, but not very far.

“They (firefighters) actually located a body outside in the rear of the home,” Skinner said.

Whether the fire killed her, or if she was already dead is part of the investigation.

Two dogs also died and were found inside the house.

The survivor, a friendly and well-trained pit bull mix waited on a leash outside. Firefighters fed him treats before he was taken to animal control.

Just before dawn, the all clear is given for neighbors to return.

They tell WJZ they face extensive clean up from smoke and water damage, and await answers as to what happened here. \

The Medical Examiners Office will determine the cause of death,

No word yet from BCFD on the cause of this fire.

The woman’s identity has not yet been released.

There have been 9 fire fatalities in Baltimore City this year.

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