Challenging Fire. House built on a down slope side of a mid slope road. Top floor was at street level with two levels below grade. This creates difficulty and increased risk to firefighters who must deploy down interior stairs which act like a chimney when there is fire below.
Crews deployed 4 attack lines, 2 were deployed from the exterior to cool the interior as other crews prepared to enter. Eventually 2 lines were deployed into the fire.
5 dogs escaped, 2 dogs died. No firefighters were injured, 1 civilian with minor burns.
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