ROSEMEAD — A fire blamed on discarded matches scorched a third-floor apartment Tuesday, however firefighters doused the flames before they spread to any other units, officials said.
The fire was reported shortly before 6 p.m. at a large apartment complex in the 6300 block of Rosemead Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Anthony Haynes said.
The resident of the apartment got out unharmed, and firefighters extinguished the fire before it could damage other apartments, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Richard Johnson said.
The fire was believed to have been caused by matches that had been left on a bed before completely extinguished, Johnson said. A dollar-vale estimate of the damage caused by the fire was not available.
A tanker trunk burst into flames on the 710 Freeway in Commerce, injuring two people, destroying a total of seven vehicles and forcing the closure of all southbound lanes, authorities said.
The incident was first reported at 9:37 a.m. as a double-wide tanker trunk that had tipped onto its side and caught fire on the southbound 710 Freeway, at the Washington Boulevard overpass, according to California Highway Patrol logs. It was not initially clear if any other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Firefighters arrived to find the flaming truck “hanging over the side of the freeway,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Brian Jordan said.
The tanker fire quickly grew to massive proportions, prompting authorities to evacuate nearby homes as a precaution.
No homes caught fire, however the burning tanker truck and crude oil that spilled out of it set six other vehicles on fire on Washington Boulevard below the freeway, Jordan said. They included five passenger vehicles and one commercial truck.
“There was fire on the freeway, fire on the ground below,” Jordan said.“Crude oil inside the truck caught fire. Crude oil went down the storm drain, onto the street.”
Both directions of Washington Boulevard became covered with burning oil.
Though CHP logs indicated the tanker truck driver, a man in his 30s, was feared burned and seriously injured, he was ultimately taken to a hospital with injuries described as minor to moderate, Jordan said.
Another man who was also in his 30s who had been walking near scene when the fiery crash occurred was hospitalized for minor to moderate injuries, Jordan added. The type of injuries the man suffered was not clear.
Caltrans officials were summoned to the scene to inspect the overpass to see if it had been compromised by the fire, CHP Officer Monica Posada said.
The northbound lanes of the 710 Freeway near the crash scene was shut down for about an hour following the fire, Posada said. The southbound lanes were expected to remain closed well into the afternoon.
Officers from the East Los Angeles office of the CHP were handling the investigation.
PASADENA — A fire that tore through a 110-year-old Craftsman-style home last weekend was sparked by an electrical problem, authorities said.
The single story home at 740 N. Michigan Avenue, caught fire about 9 a.m. Saturday, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. The residents were away on vacation.
The recently restored home has been featured on city historical tours, officials said.
“Neighbors called when they saw smoke through the roof,” she said. “On-scene, we saw heavy smoke and flames through the roof, so we took an offensive mode on the roof.”
But firefighters were forced to switch tactics when the roof began to lose its integrity and become “spongy” beneath their feet, Derderian said.
Firefighters got off the roof once it began to weaken and switched to a defensive stance, she said. “There was a partial roof collapse within minutes of us evacuating the roof.”
Nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution.
Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 30 minutes, Derderian said. It caused an estimated$700,000 worth of damage to the home and it’s contents.
No firefighters or civilians were injured, she said.
The fire was determined to be electrical in nature, stemming from a malfunctioning exterior lighting system, Derderian said.
According to the California Historical Resources Inventory Database, the 1.947-square-foot home in the historic Bungalow Heaven District was built in 1903 and is a designated historical site.
PHOTOS courtesy of Jamie Nicholson/Pasadena Fire Department
MONTEREY PARK — A fire destroyed a Monterey Park home and caused a home oxygen system to explode early Sunday, however no injuries were reported, authorities said.
The fire was first reported at 1:43 a.m. in the 200 block of West Markland Drive, Monterey Park police Sgt. Dave Elliott said.
Firefighters from neighboring agencies helped Monterey Park firefighters attack the flames, the sergeant said.
At least one explosion heard emanating from the home was believed to have been caused by a burning home oxygen system used by an elderly resident, fire officials said.
Everyone had evacuated the home before officials arrived, and no injuries were reported, fire officials said.
A dollar-value estimate of the loss was not available early Sunday, however the home and its contents were believed to be a total loss.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation. Further details were not available Sunday.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — Officials have shut down portions of Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge Road in the Angeles National Forest due to concerns over increased fire danger.
Glendora Mountain Road was closed from the Glendora city limit north to East Fork Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andy Smith said. Glendora Ridge Road was closed from Glendora Mountain Road to Mt. Baldy Road.
The closures were expected to remain in effect through Monday, as low relative humidity levels and Santa Ana winds created prime conditions for fires, Smith said.
PICO RIVERA – A brush fire broke out in the riverbed and charred up to an acre Friday night.
The fire was reported at 5:23 p.m. in the riverbed near Fairway and Bradgate Drives.
Robert Diaz, a supervising dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said no one was injured in the fire which was knocked down at 6:33 p.m.
The fire burned three fourths to an acre of brush, he said,
Diaz said what started the fire hasn’t been determined.
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Firefighters had all but finished their work Thursday on a 268-acre brush fire that has burned since Monday, officials said.
Containment of the Madre Fire, which ignited Monday evening at the northern end of Azusa and extended into the Angeles National Forest, remained at 90 percent Thursday morning, U.S. Forest Service Fire Information Officer Nathan Judy said.
Though the region saw some rain overnight, it amounted to only drizzle in the fire area, Judy said.
“It didn’t do a whole lot,” he said.
Nonetheless, about 180 firefighters who remained assigned to the fire continued making steady progress as the completed the last portions of containment lines around the wildfire.
No active flames had been observed since Tuesday evening, Judy said.
Firefighters worked on the ground Wednesday and Thursday, as water and fire retardant drops from aircraft were no longer necessary, he said. A helicopter remained at the scene to assist firefighters in getting to hard-to-access areas.
A helicopter flight using infrared imaging overnight found three smoldering stump holes in a remote section of forest, which firefighters promptly doused with water, Judy said.
Firefighters remained on-schedule to fully contain the fire, he added. “We’re looking a 100 percent (Friday).”
San Gabriel Canyon Road, which has been open only to local residents since the fire ignited, was reopened to the public Wednesday evening, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation.
Firefighters Wednesday extended containment lines around 90 percent of the Madre Fire smoldering into the Angeles Nation Forest north of Azusa, officials said.
The wildfire, at 268 acres in size, was expected to be fully contained by 8 a.m. Friday, U.S. Forest Service officials said in a written statement.
“We haven’t had any active flame since yesterday,” USFS Fire Information Officer Nathan Judy said, adding that firefighters were not in the “mop-up” phase of their work.
Firefighters Wednesday worked to douse any hotspots that remained, so they could not be rekindled by wind, and finish completing hand lines around the fire, Judy said.
But the last bits of unsecured fire line are expected to be the most challenging to complete, as they are in the most inaccessible areas of the forest, he added.
“It’s pretty nasty country in there,” Judy said.
San Gabriel Canyon Road and Encanto Parkway remained open only to residents.
The fire ignited about 6 p.m. Monday. The cause remained under investigation, USFS officials said..
Meanwhile, the cause of another recent nearby fire also remained unclear Wednesday, officials said.
The cause of the Shooting Fire, which scorched about 40 acres near Fish Canyon Road and El Encanto Parkway after breaking out Aug. 27, remained undetermined, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.
WHITTIER – A trash can fire spread to a liquor store early Wednesday, causing an estimated $200,000 worth of damage to the business and its stock, officials said.
The fire was first reported about 3:27 a.m. at the Main Market, 12604 Penn Street, between Pickering and Newlin avenues, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Scott Miller said.
Firefighters arrived to find a fire burning in a trash can that was just below a window of the store, Capt. Steve Xermeno said.
The fire had broken out the window and begun to spread into the rear portion of the shop, the captain said.
“Whoever called it in, they called it in in the nick of time,” Xermeno said. “It was starting to make it’s way into the attic.”
Firefighters extinguished the flames in a matter of minutes, officials said.
Officials estimated the fire caused about $100,000 worth of damage to the building, and another $100,000 worth of damage to items inside.
Firefighters were unable to determine exactly what started the fire in the trash can, Xermeno said.
SAN DIMAS — A fire scorched two cars and a residential garage Sunday, but was extinguished before it spread to the home, authorities said.
The fire was first reported at 4:51 p.m. at Arrow Highway and Ingleton Avenue, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Bernard Peters said.
Two cars were and the attached garage were on fire when firefighters arrived, he said. The flames spread into the home’s attic, but not into the living space.
Firefighters declared the fire extinguished at 5:16 p.m., Peters said.
The cause remained under investigation, and no injuries were reported.