Flames shooting up to 40 feet in the air lit up the night sky in Granite Hills early Saturday morning as firefighters worked to save nearby homes.
The fire was reported just before 1 a.m. in the 800 block of Van Horn Road, according to San Miguel firefighters. Two people were able to evacuate from the home using their bedroom balcony.
Narrow streets and a very long driveway forced firefighters to lay out almost 2000 feet of hose to reach the multi-story, single family home. Four trucks were also needed to pump water to the home.
The home collapsed within minutes, but firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading to nearby homes by putting out a fire in a grass field next to the home that was started by embers. Crews worked into the early morning eliminating hot spots.
The home was considered a total loss, however the family's two dogs and several of their pet birds were saved.
No injuries were reported and the investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.