The owners of the house are no longer there but the house and appliances do everything it would normally do on its own.
The dog found the house alone with no owners.
The house burns down and a tree falls on it.
Quote: "In the kitchen the breakfast stove gave a hissing sigh and ejected from its warm interior eight pieces of perfectly browned toast, eight eggs sunny side up, sixteen slices of bacon, two coffees, and two cool glasses of milk."
The theme of this story is the consequences of nuclear weapons and technology.