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Fire destroys South Lake Street home and kills dog

A large fire engulfed a home in Burbank on Thursday night, killing a dog inside.

Around 10:30 p.m. the Burbank Fire Department began receiving multiple calls about a large plume of smoke coming from a home in the 1200 block of South Lake Street.

Burbank Battalion Chief Mark Hatch said the size of the fire prompted neighboring agencies from Glendale and Pasadena to be called in to help battle the blaze.

He added about 39 firefighters responded to the scene.

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Crews tried to extinguish the fire from inside the home but, according to Hatch, they had to evacuate the home after roughly 30 minutes.

He said the home was filled with “a lot of stuff and obstacles … that makes it harder to attack the fire and it also aids in its spread.”

Firefighters instead doused the home with water from the outside.

A man who lives at the home was able to make it out unharmed, and firefighters were able to rescue his dog from the burning building. However, Hatch said a second dog died from the fire.

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The blaze was eventually knocked down around 11:30 p.m., and its cause remains under investigation.

This is the second house fire in the city within the past week that has claimed the life of a dog. The first occurred last Saturday in the 1300 block of North Brighton Street.

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