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Burbank firefighters and neighboring departments were called to the residence in the 5100 block of 80th Place around 6:40 p.m. When crews arrived at the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames.
The homeowner tried battling the closet fire with water but the blaze quickly spread forcing the occupants to flee the burning home, according to Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police Department.
The people inside the house were able to get out safely but a pet dog was later found dead inside the dwelling. The homeowner sustained minor burns to his hands and was treated on scene by paramedics but declined further medical treatment Dudlo said.
ComEd crews were summoned to cut electricity to the residence after power lines became unattached from the house as a result of the fire.
Investigators are working to determine the cause of the conflagration but authorities say the fire does not appear to be suspicious or criminal in nature.
A Burbank fire engine en route to the scene collided with a Ford Taurus at the intersection of 81st Street and Latrobe Avenue, according to Dudlo.
“The driver of the Taurus sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident and was transported to Palos Hospital for treatment,” Dudlo said. “No Burbank Fire personnel were injured.”
The driver of the automobile was issued a citation for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.