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Three family pets were killed and “an older woman” and a baby were hospitalized with non-life-threatening smoke inhalation Wednesday in a blaze that was possibly caused by a Christmas tree that was close to a crackling fireplace.

Firefighters were called to the home at 338 Hanover Drive at 12:18 p.m., said Costa Mesa Fire Battalion Chief Bill Kershaw.

While the exact cause has not been determined, the fire began in the tree which was too close to a fireplace that was burning, Kershaw said.

The blaze quickly went to a second alarm, and 36 firefighters fought the blaze.

A cat and two dogs died in the fire, Kershaw said.

The damage was estimated at $500,000 to the structure and $75,000 to the contents.

The home was uninhabitable, but the woman and baby will stay with relatives who live close by, Kershaw said.

City News Service

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