Family of 5 escapes house fire

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SAN DIEGO - A family of five and a dog Thursday escaped a house fire that caused an estimated $175,000 in damage in San Diego's North Park neighborhood, officials said.

Dispatchers received a report around 3:20 a.m. of a fire in the attic of a two-story house at 3676 Mississippi Street, San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.

Firefighters initially knocked down the flames in around 20 minutes, but the fire surged anew in an exterior wall leading to the second story, and the blaze was fully extinguished shortly before 4:35 a.m., Munoz said.

No injuries were reported.

Two adults, three children and a dog were displaced and the Red Cross was called in to assist them, Munoz said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

The fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the structure and $75,000 in damage to contents, Munoz said.

Crews pulled out most of the insulation in the attic because that is where the fire began, Munoz said.

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