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After an Escondido family was forced out of their home Friday by a destructive overnight fire that also killed their cat, firefighters returned to the home Friday evening to douse a second round of flames.
Reports of the second fire came in at around 5:45 p.m. SkyRanger 7 flew over the home and saw deep red flames shooting up from its roof. Escondido Fire Department firefighters believed the morning fire had rekindled.
At about 2:40 a.m., the initial fire began to rip through the garage and extended to half of the house. Firefighters said the blaze became difficult to access once the flames reached the attic.
After calling for a second alarm and receiving aid from San Marcos and Rancho Santa Fe fire departments, as well as response from the Escondido Police Department, crews were able to knock down the blaze in about an hour.
Although the fire was ultimately contained to the house, a neighboring home was evacuated as a precaution.
No firefighters or residents were injured in the inferno, but one cat died, according to the Escondido Fire Department.
The American Red Cross is helping the displaced family. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.