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Man suffers burns trying to rescue dog from Oak Park house fire

Home burns but smoke detector saves lives

A smoke detector alerted the six adult occupants to a fire in a home in the 3300 block of 43rd Avenue in Sacramento on Friday, December 4, 2015.
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A smoke detector alerted the six adult occupants to a fire in a home in the 3300 block of 43rd Avenue in Sacramento on Friday, December 4, 2015.

A man suffered burns Friday afternoon when he attempted to rescue his dog from a house fire in Sacramento’s Oak Park area.

Sacramento Fire Department spokesman Chris Harvey said the fire at a single-family home in the 3300 block of 43rd Street was reported at 2:45 p.m. A smoke detector alerted the six adult occupants to the fire, allowing the five people inside the home to get out safely.

Harvey said the one occupant who was already outside the house went inside to try to save his dog, and suffered burns to his hands and head. The dog perished in the fire.

Fire officials advise people to avoid entering a burning structure.

The fire occurred toward the rear of the house, and investigators were on scene trying to determine its cause. No other structures were threatened.

Harvey said the Red Cross will find temporary shelter for the residents.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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