A northeast Santa Rosa family is staying with relatives after an early Monday fire forced them to flee their home with their pets.
One of the occupants of the house, on Mission Boulevard between Highway 12 and Montecito Avenue, got up around 5 a.m. to let the dogs out and smelled smoke, Battalion Chief Matt Gloeckner said.
The man and his wife discovered a rapidly developing fire on the exterior left side of their home. The couple got out and called 911.
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