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A fire so badly damaged a Winnetka home Wednesday that firefighters could not tell if it had smoke alarms in a blaze that left a man and a woman hospitalized in fair condition and injured two dogs.

Firefighters sent to 8219 Quartz Ave., near Roscoe Boulevard, at 9:59 a.m. reported the house well-involved in flames and put out the blaze in 17 minutes, Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Damage to the 75-year-old, one-story house was so severe that its five residents were forced to find alternative housing, which they were able to thanks to help from volunteers with the American Red Cross, Humphrey said.

The severity of the fire also left firefighters unable to determine if the house had smoke alarms, Humphrey said.

Paramedics treated a man for smoke exposure and a burn to an elbow, Humphrey said, adding that a woman also was hospitalized for unspecified reasons.

Firefighters rescued two dogs, one of which was hiding under a bed, Humphrey said.

A second man exposed to smoke ended up declining medical help, and a woman with a medical condition unrelated to the fire was taken to a hospital, Humphrey said.

The dogs were turned over to the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Firefighters have been trying to persuade people of the importance of having a smoke detector in every room and even giving thousands of the devices away. At least 20 people have died in fires in Los Angeles this year and in 16 cases, no working fire alarms were found in the homes.

City News Service

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