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Fire burns North Mesa home

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By Mike Cote

Los Alamos Fire Department crews had to extricate one of two occupants of a house through a window during a structure fire this morning.
A single-structure fire broke out on North Mesa. Fire crews responded to a call for a house fire at approximately 9 a.m.
A house caught fire on Cheyenne Avenue from the interior, but LAFD officials said the cause of the blaze is under investigation.
Of the two occupants, one was able to get out under their own power, but the other needed assistance from the crews.
LAFD spokesman Justin Grider said the occupants were taken to Los Alamos Medical Center for observation. An eyewitness on the scene said the occupant aided out by fire crews appeared to be coherent and was talking to emergency personnel prior to being taken away by ambulance.
Along with the two occupants, firefighters also successfully rescued three dogs from the home.
Grider said at the arrival of the first crews on-scene, firefighters took a “defensive” position, but once the crews got a hold of the fire and were sure it wouldn’t spread to nearby houses, firefighters took a more aggressive tact — the home is located on a cul-de-sac in close proximity to two other homes.
Despite the offensive approach crews took, there was still significant damage to the interior of the home.


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