Fire scorches Pasadena home

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PASADENA — The cause of a large fire that gutted a vacant house earlier this week remained under investigation Wednesday, authorities said.
The blaze was first reported about 11:30 a.m. in the 3200 block of East Orange Grove Blvd., according to Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.
“Firefighters encountered heavy smoke on arrival,” she said.
After about 20 minutes, firefighters extinguished the flames, Derderian said. They remained at the home for more than eight hours conducting an investigation.
No one was living at the home, officials said.
“Neighbors said the house had been vacant for several weeks,” Derderian said.
The fire caused an estimated $600,000 worth of damage, officials said. The cause remained under investigation.
PHOTOS courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department.

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