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The Burbank Fire Department responded to reports of a single-story house fire in the 8600 block of Major Avenue around 2:20 a.m. on Saturday, March 31. While firefighters battled the blaze, nearby homes were temporarily evacuated as a precaution until firefighters managed to bring the fire under control.
According to Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police Department, one of the sleeping occupants was alerted to the fire by the barking of the family pet. The resident woke the other family members and all were able to get out of the burning home safely without injury.
Burbank fire investigators examined the scene and found nothing suspicious, Dudlo said. Officials believe the blaze originated in a utility closet near the home’s furnace.
The house sustained heavy damage and has been declared uninhabitable by the Burbank Building Commissioner’s office. Dudlo said the residents are staying with family members in the area for the time being.