“Suspicious” fire scorches tires, pickup truck in Pasadena

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PASADENA — A “suspicious” fire behind a Lake Avenue auto shop destroyed an abandoned pickup truck and a pile of tires, sending a plume of black smoke high into the air, authorities said.
The blaze was first reported about 12:25 p.m. to the rear of an auto shop on Lake Avenue, just north of Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
A pile of tires caught fire and spread to an abandoned Ford F-150, Derderian said.
Firefighters quickly doused the blaze with water and prevented it from spreading to nearby buildings, she added.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation, Derderian said, however officials described it as “suspicious in nature.”
PHOTO courtesy of Chastity Baeder

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