Two house fires reported in the SGV

Two unrelated housefired in Montebello and West Covina were reported Thursday evening. The Montebello fire gutted a home and sent a firefighter and a resident to the hospital, while the West Covina blaze caused much less damage and resulted in no injuries. Despite the fact that these fires occurred on July 2, officials did not believe fireworks were to blame in either blaze. Here’s the stories:

MONTBELLO — A fire gutted a home and sent two people, including a firefighter, to the hospital Thursday, authorities said.
The blaze was reported about 6 p.m. at a house in the 1700 block of Colegrove Avenue, Montebello Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Collinge said.
A firefighter was hospitalized with minor burns, and an elderly resident of the home was hospitalized for smoke inhalation, he said. Another resident of the home was treated at the scene for an unknown medical condition.
Four adults and two children who lived at the home were displaced, he said. They were home when the fire ignited.
Firefighters found the home “well-involved” with fire when they arrived and extinguished the flames in about 30 minutes, Collinge said.
A dollar-value estimate of the damage was not available late Thursday, however the battalion chief said the 1,800-square-foot home appeared “thoroughly gutted.”
A cause of the blaze remained under investigation, he added, however it did not initially appear that fireworks were involved.

WEST COVINA — A fire caused about $20,000 in damage to a house Thursday, officials said.
The blaze was reported about 6:20 p.m. in the 300 block of North Orange Avenue, West Covina Fire Department Capt. Esteban Rodriguez said.
About 18 firefighters doused the fire in about 15 minutes, he added.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation, he said, but it preliminarily appeared the fire was electrical in nature, the captain said.
The fire was largely confined to the living room portion of the home, he added.
No one was injured in the fire, Rodriguez said, though seven residents, including children, were displaced.
They residents went to stay with family members, he said.

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