FREMONT -- A family of seven escaped along with three of their dogs after a two-alarm fire tore through their home in the Irvington District and damaged two others Friday morning, a fire captain said.

Fremont fire crews were called to the blaze in the 43100 block of Continental Drive at 7:04 a.m. and arrived to find the single-story home ablaze and flames starting to spread to adjacent houses, Capt. Don Linneman said. By the time, a second engine arrive, the house was fully engulfed, and smoke could be seen for many blocks, Linneman said.

Two adults, five children and four dogs lived at the home, and all but one dog made it out. It is unknown if the remaining dog perished, but neither the family nor fire crews had been able to locate it, Linneman said.

Fremont firefighters were called to a house fire in the 43100 block of Continental Drive at 7:04 a.m. Friday. (Fremont Fire Department photo)
Fremont firefighters were called to a house fire in the 43100 block of Continental Drive at 7:04 a.m. Friday. (Fremont Fire Department photo)

"They were lucky," he said. "The neighbors started pounding on the door and woke them up."

The house where the fire started was completely destroyed, Linneman said. The neighboring homes on both sides were significantly damaged. The fire spread through the garage in one of them and destroyed fencing, with damages estimated at $100,000 Linneman said. Fire damaged a fence, shed and trailer in the other house, with damages placed at $50,000.

The Red Cross was providing housing for the family, he said. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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