A Clairemont Mesa home went up in flames Wednesday night but a family dog managed to survive the fire, officials said.
The blaze began around 6:30 p.m. at a three-unit house in the 4400-block of Bannock Avenue.
San Diego Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief John Fisher said an off-duty battalion chief was driving home in the area when he noticed smoke and called for crews. By the time firefighters arrived, the first story of the house was fully-involved in flames.
Fisher said 25 firefighters aggressively attacked the fire, knocking it out within 15 minutes.
While scouring the home, firefighter’s found a pet dog – a one-year-old lab – severely injured. Fisher said paramedics tended to the dog and gave it oxygen. The pet was revived enough to go with Animal Control veterinarians for further treatment.
The battalion chief said the surviving pooch was expected to be okay.
No one else was home at the time of the fire, which officials believe began somewhere in the back of the house, possibly in the kitchen or living room area. The cause remains under investigation.
Fire officials said at least three residents were displaced by the fire, including two adults and one child. Red Cross was called out to assist the family.