VISTA, Calif. -
A fire destroyed a Vista home on Saturday.
The fire began at about 12:30 p.m. in the 600 block of Tatum Street.
"We responded with four fire engines, a fire truck, an ambulance and two battalion chiefs," Vista Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Easterling said. "When we arrived, the backside of the house was fully involved."
Easterling said boys in the home had made their way out safely with a dog and a pet rabbit by the time firefighters arrived. He said there were no other occupants inside.
He added that it was a difficult situation.
"It was very hot outside so we were concerned about the safety of firefighters," Easterling said. "It was also too hot to go inside, so firefighters fought a defensive strategy, attacking the fire from outside the house."
Easterling said the situation also was complicated by a downed electrical line.
"It was a pretty dangerous situation to have a live, power line that had burned through that was jumping around in the backyard," he said. "That hampered our operations until we were able to get that line cleared."
Easterling said the fire was contained about 20 minutes after firefighters arrived.
He said the American Red Cross was assisting the family.
There was no estimate of damages caused by the blaze. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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