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Fire damages Windsor home, kills dog

Fire investigators Sunday were combing through the crawlspace of a Windsor couple's home where fire ignited to determine what sparked the weekend blaze, which filled the home with smoke and killed a dog, fire officials said.

A neighbor and a jogger reported smoke pouring from vents in the roof and at the base of the Vinecrest Road house at about 2:50 p.m. Saturday near Foothill Regional Park, said Mike Elson, acting battalion chief with Central Fire.

Heavy smoke filled the home when crews arrived, and after ventilating the home, firefighters pinpointed the blaze to the crawlspace under the first floor, Elson said.

One dog had escaped but the other animal apparently succumbed to heat and smoke, Elson said.

It took nearly an hour for the crews to cut through tile and cherrywood floors to access the fire, Elson said.

Flames spread into the kitchen and garage before crews from Windsor, Rincon Valley, Healdsburg and Santa Rosa controlled and put out the fire. A firefighter injured an ankle during the effort.

Elson estimated the home sustained at least $300,000 in damage. Family and neighbors were helping the displaced couple.

-- Julie Johnson

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