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Firefighters save two dogs from Christmas evening house fire

Santa Maria firefighters battle a house fire on the 1300 block of Smoke Tree Lane on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016.
Santa Maria firefighters battle a house fire on the 1300 block of Smoke Tree Lane on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016.

Santa Maria firefighters saved two dogs while battling a Christmas evening blaze at a two-story residence south of Tunnell Park.

Battalion Chief Mike Farmer said crews were dispatched at 5:46 p.m. Sunday after receiving multiple reports about the fire on the 1300 block of Smoke Tree Lane east of Highway 101.

He said the second floor of the house and attic were “well involved in fire” when the first crews arrived at the house.

“An aggressive interior attack with coordinated vertical ventilation allowed crews to knock down the main body of fire,” Farmer said.

Photos the Santa Maria Firefighters Local 2020 union posted to Facebook show flames shooting out of the roof of the residence while Christmas lights hang along the eaves.

Firefighters conducted a search of the residence and determined no one was inside. Two dogs were safely evacuated, however.

No one was injured.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Farmer said. While the extent of damage had not yet been determined, union representatives said crews saved “a huge portion of the house.”

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