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AURORA – An elderly woman and her dogs safely escaped a fire that significantly damaged a two-story duplex early Thursday morning.

Investigators were on scene at the home at 15178 E. Nassau Pl. looking into what caused the fire that broke out about 5:00 a.m.

Aurora Fire spokeswoman, Diane Lord, said a woman and her two dogs were inside the duplex at the time of the fire. The woman and her pets were not injured.

Neighbors reported seeing the woman walking down the street shortly after the fire department arrived and later, being checked out by paramedics in an ambulance.

Mary Jo Fay told 9NEWS her home shares a wall with the building that caught fire. She said awoke to pounding on her front door.

"[I was] wondering who the heck at 5 o'clock in the morning was doing what," Fay described. " I came and looked out the window and it's the cops saying, 'get out, get out, get out.'"

Fay said she grabbed her dog and her cell phone and made her way outside.

"There was some pretty big flames and five fire engines, and you know, you just don't know what you're going to do in that situation," said Fay.

Neighbor, Charlie Johnson, was just getting up when he saw the bright, red lights flashing outside his window. He went outside to see the house across the street on fire.

"It was orange and it was flames," said Johnson. "They were kind of shooting off to the west."

An Aurora Fire chief on scene said the duplex suffered significant fire damage on the main floor toward the back of the home. There was smoke damage on the second floor and in the basement of the duplex.

None of the surrounding homes was damaged in the fire.

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