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Dog dies in afternoon fire at Citrus Heights apartments

Two apartment units in Citrus Heights were severely damaged by an afternoon fire that claimed the life a dog.

Capt. Michele Eidam, spokeswoman for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, said crews were dispatched to 7929 Sunrise Boulevard shortly before 4 p.m. Monday regarding a report of a fire in a bedroom. When they arrived, they found the fire had spread from a downstairs unit to an upstairs unit and extended to the attic of an eight-plex.

Eidam said the fire also was burning in a breezeway that connected the affected building with another building housing eight units. She said firefighters had to work quickly to prevent the fire from advancing to the second building.

Occupants had evacuated the units before fire crews arrived. Eidam said firefighters located a cat and dog in the first-floor unit. The dog was not breathing and attempts to resuscitate the animal were unsuccessful. Eidam said the cat survived and appeared to recover quickly once it was in fresh air.

In addition to the two units that burned, Eidam said two additional units sustained light to moderate smoke damage. Damages were estimated at $80,000 to $100,000, she said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.