A fire ripped through a home in Jamul overnight, completely destroying the residence, but a family was able to escape the flames thanks to their dog’s barking, officials said.
The blaze began around 1:45 a.m. at a home in a rural area in the 17000 block of Lion Valley Road.
Cal Fire spokesman Kendal Bortisser said the fire quickly spread through the entire house, plus a garage, destroying everything in its path. Two cars parked at the property were also a total loss.
Bortisser said two residents were able to safely escape without injuries. A neighbor said the resident’s pit bull began barking during the fire, alerting the residents to wake up and get out of the burning home.
Bortisser said a quarter-acre of vegetation around house was also scorched in the blaze. A neighbor’s home nearby also sustained some minor damage.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The residents were displaced by the devastating fire and Red Cross responded to the scene to offer assistance. On Wednesday morning, all that remained was the burnt, hollowed-out skeleton of the home.