03/20/2012 12:23 EDT | Updated 05/20/2012 05:12 EDT

8 dogs die in St. John's house fire

At least eight dogs are dead after a house fire in the Kilbride area of St. John's, according to firefighters.

A fire crew arrived at the fire on Sinnott Place shortly before 7:30 a.m. NT, Tuesday morning.

When they arrived, heavy smoke and flames were visible.

Neighbours said no one was inside the home that was being renovated.

But firefighting officials say as many as 10 dogs may have been inside the home at the time of the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.