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Cat helps save family from 2-alarm house fire in Escondido

The fire broke out just before 3 a.m. in the 800 block of Via Rancho Parkway in Escondido, according to the Escondido Fire Department.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — A cat helped save a family from a two-alarm house fire in the North County Friday morning, according to the Escondido Fire Department.

The fire broke out just before 3 a.m. in the 800 block of Via Rancho Parkway in Escondido, according to the Escondido Fire Department.

When fire crews arrived on scene, they said they could see flames coming from the 15 freeway and were able to find the home.

Four residence who live in the home were able to make it out of the house safely. One adult and three children were inside the home when the fire started, along with two dogs and three cats.   

According to fire crews, one of the family's cats woke up one of the children when the fire started in the garage area. One of the cats did die in the fire, according to fire officials.

The fire chief said there is something people can learn from a fire like this.

"We've had a multiple amount of garage fires this year. I can't tell you the exact reason why but hazardous liquids, oily rags -- sometimes it just come down to being sanitary and cleaning up the garage because it's definitely an area we generally neglect."

Fire crews from the Escondido Fire Department and San Marcos Fire Department responded to the scene and blocked off the area near Via Rancho Parkway. 

The American Red Cross was called to the scene to help the displaced residents arrange for temporary lodging.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.