The owners were not at home when the fire, thought to have been caused by an electrical malfunction, broke out shortly before noon. The fire did an estimated $300,000 damage to the house and $100,000 to the contents, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
A second dog survived after firefighter Mitch Mendler used a "dog-mask" to give oxygen to the animal. Dog-masks have been donated to the department. The masks also work with cats.