DUBLIN -- A family of five was displaced from their Dublin home Thursday morning after a two-alarm fire engulfed the residence, fire officials said.

A woman and her two dogs escaped from the home in the 8500 block of Wicklow Way before fire crews arrived about 11:10 a.m., and no one else was injured in the fire, Alameda County Fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said.

Four other family members, the woman's husband and her three children, were not home at the time of the fire, and the family's three chickens were also spared from the flames.

Eight engines and four trucks from Alameda County Fire, San Ramon Valley Fire, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire and Camp Parks responded to the blaze, which was under control by noon, fire officials said.

Fire officials said crews arrived to find the fire burning through the second floor of the home, and that they found it difficult to gain access to the flames.

While it was not immediately known what sparked the blaze, the second floor of the home was destroyed and the bottom floor deemed uninhabitable, Battalion Chief Alan Evans said. The only structures spared from the flames were the family's chicken coop and an outdoor prayer room, officials said.

While the second floor was most heavily damaged, investigators are also probing the possibility that the fire may have started on the first floor and spread upward through the walls of the home.


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"It's a little premature to determine the cause of the fire," Evans said. "But the second floor was completely destroyed, and the first floor, I'd say, is not too far behind. The house is a complete loss."

While the fire had the potential to spread to other houses, none of the surrounding homes were damaged, Evans said.

According to Knowles, reports circulating on social media that an off-duty Oakland firefighter stepped in to save the family's two dogs were found to be untrue. Knowles said the homeowner in fact evacuated the home and opened the gate for the pets before fire crews arrived.

The family may receive assistance from the Red Cross, or they may stay with family members in Hayward, Knowles said. The investigation is ongoing.

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