Dead Skunk Pulled From Burning House

Flames were visible upon arrival to an Imperial Beach home

A home in Imperial Beach which neighbors and firefighters described as "packed to the brim with stuff" caught fire Thursday morning.

The home on the 1200 block of 7th St. caught fire just after 8 a.m., according the San Diego Fire Department.

Flames were showing upon arrival to the home. Items were stacked up to the windows, and the city's Public Safety Director described the home as a "hoarder house."

Several fire engines arrived to the scene. Firefighters cut a hole in the roof of the home so the heat could escape. Flames appeared to have charred much of the backyard as well.

A dead skunk in a crate was pulled out of the home, and one dog was rescued.

Neighbors say two adults in their 40s or 50s live in the house but were away on vacation when the fire happened. The neighbors say the house was "packed to the brim with stuff" and about 6 months ago, grass was up to the windows and weeds were growing out of the cement.

The neighbors also say a foul odor was coming out of the house recently.

Neighbors were not evacuated from the homes nearby.

The house is a total loss, but the cause is still under investigation, firefighters said.

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