Family, Dogs Escape Mira Mesa House Fire

A neighbor brought over a ladder to help the family down from the second-story window

By Mari Payton and R. Stickney
|  Monday, Dec 30, 2013  |  Updated 10:16 PM PDT
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A quick-thinking neighbor helped save a family and their five dogs from a fast-moving house fire early Monday morning in Mira Mesa. NBC 7's Mari Payton has more.

A quick-thinking neighbor helped save a family and their five dogs from a fast-moving house fire early Monday morning in Mira Mesa. NBC 7's Mari Payton has more.

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A family and five dogs had to climb on the roof to escape the flames and smoke from an early morning fire in Mira Mesa. 

At 1:45 a.m. Monday, a woman awoke to noises from the garage at the home in the 7000 block of Acama Place, located south of Calle Cristobal and west of Camino Ruiz. 

When the woman opened a door and found thick smoke, she immediately called 911.

Her brother, J.D., said he ran out of his room to the same thing.

“All I saw was smoke. Nothing but smoke everywhere,” he said.

J.D. and another family member rushed the dogs into the master bedroom.

A neighbor brought over a ladder to help the family down from the second-story. Even then, the smoke made it difficult to see.

“We had to hear our neighbor call us to be able to tell where the ladder was,” J.D. said.

“I’m glad he was awake. I’m glad he noticed. He had his family putting water on the garage just to kind of dim it down while we tried to get down,” he said.

No one was injured. The family is currently staying with a relative.

Most of the damage was done to the garage with some smoke damage in other rooms, according to San Diego Fire-Rescue officials.

Fire investigators have not yet determined what caused the blaze.

Two weeks ago, fire badly damaged a home on Acama Street, which is adjacent to Acama Place. A neighbor caught that fire on cell phone video.

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