Firefighters knocked down a 2-alarm fire early Thursday in the 8500 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast.

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About 100 firefighters fought a blaze shooting flames as high as 60 feet in the Maple Leaf neighborhood early Thursday morning.

Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore said no one was injured in the house fire.

“We did rescue a pet bearded dragon lizard,” Moore said. “We’re still searching for a cat.”

The fire started at about 3 a.m. in a home under construction, Moore said. Two more homes caught fire before firefighters arrived, and two of the three homes are a total loss, he said.

Embers spewing from the fires also started a blaze at a garage across an alley from the three homes. The heat was so intense that it blew out five windows at The St. Catherine of Siena School across the street. The fire also damaged a Subaru and a pickup truck nearby.

Investigators were at the scene Thursday morning and Northeast 85th Street remains closed at Eighth Avenue Northeast, Seattle Department of Transportation tweeted.

Moore said this is the fifth fire requiring a large response in the last eight weeks in Seattle.

“None are related, but that’s a lot of fires,” he said.

Dry trees and bushes between houses are worrisome for firefighters because flames can spread quickly, Moore said.

“That was our fear here,” he said. “We didn’t want to lose the whole block.”