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East County News Service

November 24, 2015 (El Cajon)--A fire at an El Cajon home could have been far more tragic – if not for the courage of a neighbor.

When Anthony Menchaca spotted an orange glow shortly after midnight on Tuesday, he ran outside and saw flames engulfing the studio apartment. Knowing his neighbor was at work and had pets inside, he broke a window and  risked his life to save four dogs and two cats from the fire.

Fortunately he was not injured, and managed to rescue all of the animals. Firefighters doused the blaze, which may have started in the kitchen.