Dogs Survive Lemon Grove House Fire

By R. Stickney and Daniel Canepa
|  Monday, May 2, 2011  |  Updated 1:57 PM PDT
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Exclusive video of a  Lemon Grove house fire on May 2 on Sonoma Lane. NBCSanDiego arrived to the scene first and captured this video of the action.

Exclusive video of a Lemon Grove house fire on May 2 on Sonoma Lane. NBCSanDiego arrived to the scene first and captured this video of the action.

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Lemon Grove residents called 911 when they spotted smoke and flames rising from a home in their cul-de-sac Monday morning. 

The fire spread through the home on Sonoma Lane shortly before 11 a.m. shooting out of the garage and the roof. An NBCSanDiego news crew reported seeing flames reaching about 10 feet into the air.

A 21-year old man told one neighbor that he was sleeping when he heard something inside the home explode. He jumped out of bed and broke a window to escape the smoke and flames.

Firefighters said the man was one of four people living in the home but the only one home at the time of the fire.

No one was injured in the fire. Three dogs were rescued from the property.

The battle to the save the home drew quite a crowd with close to 50 people lining the streets of the small neighborhood.

La Mesa, Lemon Grove, San Diego and San Miguel fire crews responded. The warm weather created challenges for the crews battling the fire.

“We rotate personnel through and make sure we hydrate them,” said Deputy Chief Rick Sitta with Heartland Fire. “We keep a close eye on them.”

Firefighters said they have not identified a cause of the fire.

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