PASADENA – A massive fire that badly damaged a Pasadena home and scorched nearby brush Saturday is being investigated as arson, authorities said.
The fire was reported about 2:15 p.m. in the 300 block of N. Oakland, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Firefighters arrived to find a large, wood-framed, two-story house going up in flames, as well as some vegetation on the nearby 210 Freeway shoulder.
The extensive flames in the home forced firefighters to take a defensive stance as they extinguished the fire, Derderian said.
Officials determined that the cause of the blaze appeared to be arson, she said, however further details regarding how the fire may have ignited were not available early Sunday. The investigation was ongoing.
The Red Cross helped in finding temporary housing for three adults who lived at the house, officials said. None of them were injured.
A firefighter took a fall during the incident and was treated for a wrist injury, Derderian said.
Officials estimated the fire caused about $800,000 worth of damage to the house and its contents.