Dozen dogs die in Clairemont house fire

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SAN DIEGO – Several dogs were unable to escape from a fire that engulfed a house in Clairemont Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Clairemont-House-FireThe owner and her son escaped the fire unharmed at the 4800 Diane Avenue around 4 a.m., according to San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dispatcher.

Flames were extinguished by 4:25 a.m. and caused about $400,000 damage to a home and displaced two adults. SDFRD spokesman said.

As many as 16 dogs were kept on the property and 12 of those animals died inside, according to county animal services.

Investigators had yet to determine what caused the fire to start in the back bedroom of the house.

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