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January 19, 2013 (Mt. Helix) --Family members returned home to their residence in the 4500 block of Calavo Drive at 12::55 p.m. Thursday to find smoke filing their home. One resident ran to the back bedroom and pulled one of the family’s two dogs to safety. A second dog was carried out from the backyard. Thick smoke was pouring out of the house when San Miguel Fire arrived with the first of approximately 18 firefighters who helped battle the blaze. 

Flames took a strong hold in the attic. Heartland Fire also assisted in keeping the damage to the north side of the home. Early damage estimate indicates a $100,000 loss. No injuries were reported.  Five adults and two dogs have been displaced.  The American Red Cross is assisting the family. 

As standard policy in a structure fire such as this the District calls in the Sheriff’s Department to conduct the investigation, which is underway.

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