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EL CAJON, Calif. — A fire of undetermined origin caused an estimated $150,000 worth of damage to an East County home Friday and killed a pet cat.

Flames began spreading through a second-floor bedroom at the house in the 1700 block of Eldon Court in northern El Cajon about 9:45 a.m., according to Heartland Fire & Rescue.

A teenager who lives in the residence suffered minor burns to his hands before fleeing outdoors along with his father and a woman, city spokeswoman Monica Zech said. The two adults, whose relationship was unclear, reported no injuries.

Crews contained the blaze to the room in which it erupted and rescued two dogs from the smoke-filled home. While extinguishing the flames, which took about 10 minutes, the personnel found the dead feline, Zech said.

The American Red Cross was called in to help the displaced residents arrange for emergency lodging.

Investigators set the monetary losses at about $100,000 to the structure and $50,000 to contents.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation as of mid-afternoon.

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