The Strongsville Fire Department says there is extensive damage to Pick of the Litter pet store.
The store, located in Southpark Mall, caught fire Monday afternoon around 3:15 p.m.
By the time the fire department arrived, the store was already engulfed in smoke and flames.
According to the fire department, a container holding an incense burner was placed on top of bags containing wood chips, which started the fire.
One dog died of smoke inhalation.
The firefighters pulled out dogs that were still trapped inside the store.
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The store manager was burned while rescuing animals from the fire.
She was evaluated on the scene.
The fire was so intense that it took the fire department several hours before it could be contained.
Multiple fire departments and Strongsville police helped at the scene.
The fire department says the store is currently uninhabitable.