Cat dies as family escapes North County blaze


ESCONDIDO, Calif. — A fire broke out early Friday at a house in Escondido, killing a family pet and leaving four people without a place to spend the night, authorities said.

The blaze was reported shortly after 2:30 a.m. at a home in the 800 block of Via Rancho Parkway, according to Escondido Fire Department.

Investigators believe the fire sparked in the home’s garage, then spread throughout the attic, EFD spokesman Jeff Murdock said.

The four residents were able to escape the house unharmed, but one of the family’s cats died, Murdock said. The American Red Cross was called to the scene to help the displaced residents arrange for temporary lodging.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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