MOUNT VERNON - Firefighters battled a house fire today at 359 South Seventh Ave. in Mount Vernon.

While tenants were able to evacuate the house, one resident said he was unable to rescue his dog.

"The worst part is my dog was in there and I couldn't get my dog out of there, so it's very heartbreaking," says tenant James Wright.

Firefighters were able to save other pets, but one firefighter was bitten trying to rescue a cat from the burning home.

Authorities say the fire started in the basement but do not know what caused the blaze.

Officials tell News 12 that residents will not be allowed to move back into the building.