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Homes Burned, Firefighters Injured in San Bernardino Hillside Fire

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    Residents of a San Bernardino neighborhood were reeling after a hillside fire burned homes to the ground. Kate Larsen reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016. (Published Saturday, July 2, 2016)

    Five homes were burned and three firefighters were injured after a fast-moving brush fire broke out on a San Bernardino hillside, officials said.

    The blaze was reported around 1:15 p.m. near Kendall Drive and N. F Street, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department. The blaze had grown to at least 8 acres by 2:45 p.m. 

    The fire burned 10 acres before being fully contained just before 6 p.m.

    Three firefighters suffered minor injuries and one person was treated for smoke inhalation, fire officials said. 

    Gustavo Nava, a resident, said he and his girlfriend were in their kitchen when their dog started barking at the flames.

    "All of sudden we heard the windows rattle, it sounded like thunder," he said. 

    Their home was one of three that were consumed by the fire. Two others were damaged. 

    "The flames were just beating up against the glass and the dog was freaking out, so we ran out, dog ran out and we can't find her," Nava said.

    Their Chihuahua went missing when they left their home.

    "It's a very unfortunate circumstance that some of these homes burned and their property, but homes can be replaced and lives can't," said Jeff Allen of the San Bernardino County Fire Department. 

    He said the fire started at the bottom of the hill along Kendall Drive. 

    Allen added that it took miunutes for the fire to race up the hill and burn 10 acres.

    Evacuations were ordered for residents off Skylark Drive as about 120 firefighters battled the flames.

    "I came out and there's already a fireman on my roof and I said, 'Can I leave?' And he said, 'You have to get out of here,'" said Martha Hall, whose home was damaged by the fire.

    When firefighters arrived to the scene, she said her neighbor was still inside and had to be rescued. 

    A firefighter was rush to the Burn Center at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center after breathing in super heated gas. 

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