Neighbors help save Indianapolis woman, pets from house fire

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 22, 2015) -- A south side Indianapolis woman says she is thankful for the brave neighbors who came to her aid after her house caught fire Thursday night. Nine puppies died in that fire, but several others were saved thanks to the neighbor's brave actions.

Four kittens, that are just a few days old, along with three other cats are alive. A three week old black lab puppy, named Lucky, also survived the fire inside Mary Sparks' home on Walker Avenue. Sparks says she saw the fire, so did her granddaughter's boyfriend who was near her.

"He grabbed me by my arm and we went out," Sparks recalled.

There were 17 animals still upstairs where the fire was burning. Neighbor Brandon Mounce, and another, ran toward the fire when they found out.

"We went upstairs, one of the puppies were by the steps, it got picked up and brought downstairs," Mounce said. "There was other puppies upstairs that we could not get to."

A box of kittens and other cats were saved, as well as Lucky. While Mounce wishes he could have done more, Sparks is thankful for what he and everyone did.

"Fire department and my neighbors," she said. "I really appreciate it."

Sparks is staying with neighbors until she goes to see the Red Cross on Tuesday. Investigators are looking at the cause.