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NEW ORLEANS A Monday afternoon fire at a 26-unit St. Charles Avenue apartment complex killed a dog, according to the New Orleans Fire Department.

Around 12:41 p.m., NOFD responded to a 911 call reporting a fire at The Fern Apartments at 7904 St. Charles Avenue.

Although all units were occupied, most residents were not at home at the time of the blaze.

Fire fighters arrived at 12:47 p.m. to find smoke coming from the windows of an upstairs apartment in the two-story building.

Soon after fire fighters entered the building through the main entrance, fire burst through the windows and roof near the apartment of origin and a second alarm was struck at 12:51 p.m.

Fire fighters outside the building used a ladder to access the windows of the apartment, according to the NOFD.

Special pet oxygen masks had to be used on the seven dogs and six cats that were rescued. Two animals had to be transported to a veterinary hospital.

However, a dog was trapped in the apartment of origin and died before fire personnel arrived, fire officials said.

The fire was under control by 1:41 p.m. with the help of 46 fire fighters and 13 units.

A commander expressed relief that the fire was not much worse, the NOFD said.

'Fortunately most of the suppression companies involved in the extinguishment were only a few blocks away, viewing a funeral procession honoring retired NOFD Dispatcher Cynthia Houston who died in a fire at her home last week,' fire department officials said.

No fire fighters were injured in the incident and the cause is under investigation.

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