House fire kills dog, injures firefighters

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SAN DIEGO — A two-alarm fire heavily damaged two townhouses in a Mira Mesa neighborhood, leaving two firefighters with minor injuries and killing a dog.

The blaze in the 8800 block of Hillery Drive erupted for unknown reasons about noon, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

It took crews roughly 35 minutes to subdue the flames, which spread from a two-story unit to a single-floor residence across a walkway, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.

Medics took a firefighter to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest for treatment of a burn to his ear. Another crew member was evaluated at the scene for some type of injury to his right arm, Swanson said.

Emergency personnel found a dead dog on the second story of the townhouse in which the fire originated.

Damage was estimated at about $300,000 to the homes and $100,000 to the contents.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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