LENWOOD The Barstow Fire Protection District worked quickly to contain a house fire Monday night in Lenwood, but two cats and a dog perished in the blaze.

According to BFPD captain Bobby Clemmer, BFPD was dispatched to the fire at a home on the 25100 block of Johnson Street at about 6:20 p.m. Clemmer said the responding fire crew was already en route to a minor chimney fire, but the crew went to the Johnson Street fire because there was possibly a baby stuck in the house.

Before the crew arrived to the house, Clemmer said an unidentified person entered the home to make sure nobody was left behind. When the crew arrived, the person confirmed there was not a baby trapped inside.

"Thankfully that civilian had the courage to go inside the house and make sure there wasn't anybody trapped in there," Clemmer said. "We don't advocate anybody going into a fire, but there are times depending on the situation where they do make a difference."

Clemmer said a fire engine from the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow assisted two fire engines and a water tender from the BFPD to contain the fire to approximately 50 percent of the residence. According to Clemmer, the living room was fully engulfed from "floor to ceiling" in flames, and the fire continued to spread into parts of the kitchen and hallway before being contained in approximately 15 minutes.

The cause is still being investigated, but Clemmer said the fire appears to be accidental.

Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.