The fire at the duplex in the 4300 block of J Street near Gavin Street was reported about 5:35 a.m., a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dispatcher said. It caused about $200,000 in damage to the property, $100,000 in damage to its contents and $25,000 in damage to the exterior of a neighboring unit before it was knocked down about 6:30 a.m., he said.
Crews found one of the family’s dogs dead inside the burned unit, the dispatcher said. An uninjured dog was located in the back yard and another of the residents’ dogs was found safe at a neighbor’s home.
The official cause of the fire remained under investigation.