Toronto Animal Services is investigating after 30 cats and one dog were killed in a house fire yesterday afternoon.

The homeowner called in the blaze around 1:30 p.m., when he noticed flames pouring out from between the stacked washer and dryer at the back of the Burnfield Ave. home, near Ossington Ave. and Dupont St., said Toronto Fire Capt. Mike Strapko.

“He grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to put it out, but the smoke kept coming,” Strapko said.

By the time firefighters arrived, the two-alarm fire had engulfed the entire kitchen.

It was knocked down quickly, but 31 of the family’s pets had already died from smoke inhalation, Toronto Animal Services supervisor Mary Lou Leiher said.

According to Leiher, Toronto Animal Services is looking into the situation and has taken steps to provide a veterinarian to care for and monitor the injured animals.

“Every case is judged on its own merit,” she said. “We’re not considering any charges at this time — that’s all that I can really say.”