Fire scorches Monterey Park home; resident treated for burns

MONTEREY PARK – A large fire Saturday damaged a house and sent a man to the hospital with burns, authorities said.
The fire was reported just after 3 p.m. in the 500 block of South Garfield Avenue, Monterey Park police Lt. Eric Kim said.
The first firefighters on-scene quickly declared the blaze a second-alarm fire and called for reinforcements, Verdugo Fire Communications Center dispatch supervisor Lynda Sims said.
Dozens of firefighters extinguished the blaze in less than half an hour, Monterey Park Fire Department Capt. Neal Martin said.
A resident estimated to be about 40 years old was taken to a hospital for treatment of first-degree burns to his face and second-degree burns to his chest, the captain said. It was not clear how he suffered the burns.
The fire was contained primarily to a back room of the home and a patio area that contained fuels such as cabinets and mattresses, Martin said.
He estimated that the fire caused more than $50,000 worth of damage.
Between seven and nine residents were displaced from the home as a result of the fire, Martin said. The Red Cross was summoned to help them find temporary lodgings.
A home just south of the one that caught fire sustained minor damage, however the residents were not displaced
The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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