House, brush scorched by fires in Pasadena

PASADENA — Fire officials were investigating the cause of two fires reported at the same time and in the same area that badly damaged a house and scorched a small amount of brush near the 210 Freeway Saturday, authorities said.
The fires were reported about 2:15 a.m. at a two-story home at Maple Street and Oakland Avenue, as well on a field of brush only a few dozen feet away, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Firefighters found the home well involved with flames on arrival, though the three adult residents had managed to get out safely, Derderian said.
“We took a fire attack mode on arrival, but due to the intensity of the fire, went to a defensive mode,” she said.
A dollar-value estimate of the damage was not available Saturday, however Derderian described the damage to the home as extensive. An adjacent apartment complex may have also suffered minor water damage.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
It was unclear if embers from the house fire sparked the near by vegetation fire, or if the small brush fire was a separate incident altogether.
The fire, which officials said scorched less than half an acre, slowed traffic on both sides of the 210 Freeway, Derderian said.
Due to dry conditions, she added, firefighters remained on scene after extinguishing the blazes to saturate them with water, preventing rekindling.
The Red Cross was summoned to help house the displaced residents of the house.
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