- Media: Short story collection
- When I read it: 2011 but the story itself was much older (unsure how much) so this information only serves to clarify that it is by no means new.
- Plot summary: A futuristic home with household robots that help around the house (cooking, cleaning etc.), we learn about their routines and behaviour and later on it's revealed that nobody is home, in fact everyone is dead, and a description of the outside seems to imply post-nuclear apocalypse.
- Setting: I seem to remember snow or winter
- What it isn't: with Google I stumbled upon There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury, and the plot is very similar, and the beginning made me think "Bingo!", but I do not remember there being a fire in the story I read, and I also remember a view from a briefly opened door, or window, of a snowy setting, so while it may be that I am confusing elements of another story, or my imagination, with There Will Come Soft Rains, I would still like to run this through here as a question, because I'm not convinced.
- Additional info: The short story collection had other short stories that I will include as I remember them, details will be fuzzy:
Story identified: There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury
The story begins by introducing the reader to a computer-controlled house that cooks, cleans, and takes care of virtually every need that a well-to-do United States family could be assumed to have. The reader enters the text on the morning of August 4, 2026, and follows the house through some of the daily tasks that it performs as it prepares its inhabitants for a day of work. At first, it is not apparent that anything is wrong, but eventually it becomes clear that the residents of the house are not present, and that the house is empty. While no direct explanation of the nonexistence of the family is produced, the silhouettes of a man, a woman, two children, and their play ball are described as having been burnt into one side of the house, implying that they were all incinerated by the thermal flash of a nuclear weapon.
– Plot summary from Wikipedia
Confirmed by the contents of the collection of short stories provided in "Additional Information" part of the question, they seem to match the contents of Stories of Ourselves: The University of Cambridge International Examinations Anthology of Stories in English (Cambridge Learning), which contains the following short stories (among many others):
- The Signalman, by Charles Dickens
- The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- How It Happened, by Arthur Conan Doyle
- There Will Come Soft Rains, by Ray Bradbury
- Meteor, by John Wyndham
- The Lemon Orchard, by Alex la Guma
- Secrets, by Bernard MacLaverty
- The Taste of Watermelon, by Borden Deal
- The Third and Final Continent, by Jhumpa Lahiri
- On Her Knees, by Tim Winton
Long shot here, but what you describe sounds an awful lot like the Soviet-era Uzbek short animated film "There Will Come Soft Rains" directed by Nazim Tulyakhodzayev -- and obviously based off the Bradbury story of the same title. The open door, the fire, the snowfall, and the window all figure prominently, if I'm recalling correctly.