Blaze damages vacant apartment in Pasadena

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PASADENA — A fire damaged a unit in an abandoned apartment building Friday that was apparently being used by transients, authorities said.
The blaze was reported about 12:30 p.m. at an abandoned and boarded-up two-story apartment building on Hudson Avenue, just south of Walnut Street, Pasadena Fire Department Capt. A.C. Brown said.
“It remained isolated to the one unit,” he said.
Firefighters quickly cut through a chain-link fence surrounding the property to access the fire, he added.
The cause of the fire in the first-floor apartment remained under investigation, the captain said. It initially appeared it may have been sparked by transients living in the unit, possibly cooking or trying to keep warm.
Officials responded to the same building about a month ago after a small fire, presumably caused by transients, ignited inside the building, Brown said.
About 15 firefighters extinguished the flames within five minutes, Brown added. No injuries were reported.
After putting out the blaze, firefighters worked to clear debris from the scorched building.
Other than trash, there appeared to be no contents inside the apartment, he said. The blaze caused an estimated $10,000 worth of damage to the structure.
Officials said gas and other utilities to the building had already been shut off prior to the fire because it was unoccupied.

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