Investigators said the fire started in the living room area of a home on the 700 block of Espanola Way after the homeowner left on an errand around 8 a.m. Thursday.
The man’s daughter, who was home on spring break, was able to get out safely.
Firefighters also pulled three snakes, a bearded dragon and two leopard geckos from the home. Their cages were covered in soot.
Neighbors praised firefighters for their quick response.
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