A dog and a few cats died in a fire that destroyed two homes and damaged another near Lake Nacimiento on Monday night.
The blaze broke out at about 7:30 p.m. in the 4200 block of Allen Road, near High Meadow Road. According to Cal Fire spokesman Chris Elms, the house where the fire originated was completely leveled by the blaze, as well as one neighboring home. The animals were in the first home.
None of the homes were occupied at the time of the fire, Elms said. The only full-time residents were the ones in the first home. No injuries were reported.
The fire was contained to those three structures.
Firefighters were on scene mopping up until about 3:30 a.m., Elms said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.