Mira Mesa family escapes burning home

SAN DIEGO - A Mira Mesa home was seriously damaged in an early morning blaze Wednesday.

The fire broke out at about 2 a.m. at 7780 Flanders Dr. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames.  According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, the fire started in patio and spread from bottom floor to the second story. Strong winds were a factor in its quick movement.

"It shattered all my window along the side of the house and the other side ... the roof and the shingle got burned," next-door neighbor Hung Ha said.

Ha said he grabbed a garden hose in an attempt to fight the flames before firefighters arrived. It took 35 firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

There were five adults and one child inside at the time. No one was hurt. However, two dogs died.

Firefighters said a chicken coop burned, along with the chickens in it. They said the people in the home had been raising bees and a beehive also burned.

The cause is under investigation, but some neighbors told 10News that they heard what sounded like an explosion prior to the fire, which they thought was the propane tank in the back.

Neighbors said crews had most of it knocked down as quickly as it went up in flames, but the damage is estimated at about $450,000 -- $300,000 of that to the structure and $150,000 to the contents.

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