More than a dozen animals rescued from fire in home

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CHICAGO -- A fire broke out in a home with more than a dozen animals inside.

It happened in the 4300 block of South Hermitage in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

No one was hurt and the animals are all OK. An elderly woman named Maria who cares for animals lives on the first floor.

A relative told WGN that Maria was asleep when the fire started. Her nephew was upstairs and got her out of the house.

The stray dogs and birds were left inside. They were helped by the first responders and Animal Care Control.

In fact, once firefighters put out the blaze, Animal Control removed the dogs and birds from the house.

There were about 20 dogs inside and a number of birds.

WGN spoke with Terri Abdualkader, who stays in the home with her dad, his wife and her two step brothers.  She was not home during the fire. But she rushed home when she found out about it.

She is worried that Maria will not get her animals back, and that the city will permanently remove them from the house.

 Terri said Maria has a number of people who help care for the animals. But there are many question about why one woman had so many animals living in the home.