2 firefighters hurt, dog killed in fire at Mira Mesa townhouse complex

MIRA MESA, Calif. - A two-alarm fire that heavily damaged two townhouses in a Mira Mesa residential complex Friday left two firefighters with minor injuries and killed a dog.

The blaze in the 8800 block of Hillery Drive erupted for unknown reasons about noon, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

It took crews roughly 35 minutes to subdue the flames, which spread from a two-story unit to a single-floor residence across a walkway, SDFRD spokesman Lee Swanson said.

Medics took a firefighter to UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest for treatment of a burn to one of his ears Another crew member was evaluated at the scene for some type of injury to his right biceps.

Emergency personnel found a dead dog on the second story of the townhouse in which the fire originated.

Investigators set the monetary losses at $300,000 to the structures and $100,000 to contents, Swanson said.

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