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2 families displaced after fire rips through duplex

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© Neighbor runs from the blaze while carrying his two children to safety Sunday morning. © Neighbor runs from the blaze while carrying his two children to safety Sunday morning.
© Flames engulf duplex on the 4300 block of J Street near Gavin Street in Mount Hope. © Flames engulf duplex on the 4300 block of J Street near Gavin Street in Mount Hope.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Two families have lost everything as fire investigators work Monday to determine the cause.

The devastating blaze broke out Sunday at a duplex in the 4300 block of J Street.

Luis Perez, his wife and her daughter were asleep when the fire started. They woke up to find themselves trapped inside their bedrooms.

Perez broke out windows to save the women. Then went back for the dogs, but police pulled him away.

Firefighters saved two of the pets but one dog didn't make it.

The house was a total loss but Perez says he's glad his family is safe. The Perez's neighbors also made it out safely.

Both families are being helped by the Red Cross.

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A fire at a Mount Hope-area duplex Sunday sent three people to a hospital, killed a family dog and caused more than $300,000 in damage, fire officials said.

The fire at the duplex in the 4300 block of J Street near Gavin Street was reported about 5:35 a.m., a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department dispatcher said.

It caused about $200,000 in damage to the property, $100,000 in damage to its contents and $25,000 in damage to the exterior of a neighboring unit before it was knocked down about 6:30 a.m., he said.

Crews found one of the family's dogs dead inside the burned unit, the dispatcher said. An uninjured dog was located in the back yard and another of the residents' dogs was found safe at a neighbor's home, the dispatcher said.

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