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Updated at 5:28 p.m. Jan. 31, 2017:

A Chula Vista house fire displaced a family of five Tuesday and destroyed about 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies being stored there in preparation for sale during the youth organization’s regular fundraising efforts.

The two adults and three teenagers who live in the 2,385-square-foot home on East L Street near Agua Tibia Avenue were able to safely escape with a pet dog after the blaze erupted in their garage for unknown reasons shortly before 5 a.m., according to fire department officials.

Crews managed to corral the family’s two cats to safety in a bedroom while dousing the flames, Chula Vista Battalion Chief Jeff Peter said.

No injuries were reported.

Due to the extent of the damage, investigators were unable to pin down the cause of the fire, though it was considered accidental in nature, CVFD Battalion Chief Sean Lowery said. It was unclear if any of the structure would be salvageable, he said.

The Girl Scouts’ San Diego leadership announced it would replace the family’s supply of cookies at no charge.

“Our staff reached out to them this morning to express our concerns and offer assistance,” officials with the agency said. “We assured them that we are here to support them in any way possible.”

—City News Service

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