WEST COVINA — A fire destroyed a West Covina home early Wednesday and sent a woman to the hospital with minor injuries, officials said.
The fire was first reported about 12:25 a.m. at a single-story home in the 1900 block of East Eckerman Avenue, West Covina Fire Department Capt. Esteban Rodriguez.
The first firefighters to arrive found the home’s attached garage and porch engulfed in flames, the captain said. Seven adult residents had already managed to get out of the burning home.
Two-dozen firefighters extinguished the fire in about 25 minutes, Rodriguez said. One woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor smoke inhalation.
The fire spread to a neighboring home, causing only minor damage, he added. The residents of that home were not displaced.
Rodriguez said the fire caused an estimated $520,000 worth of damage to the home and its contents. The cause remained under investigation.
GLENDORA — A grass fire along the 210 Freeway in Glendora grew to more than an acre in size and threatened a home Saturday before firefighters beat back the flames, authorities said.
The fire was first reported at 9:51 a.m. and encroached into a backyard in the 1200 block of Stephora Ave., just south of the 210 Freeway near Sunflower Avenue, before being pushed back by firefighters, Glendora police and Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.
Officials declared the fire extinguished shortly after 11 a.m. The final size was determined to be 1.6 acres.
Several helicopters dropped water on the fire as firefighters on the ground worked to protect homes and create containment lines around the flames, Los Angeles County Capt. Mike Pacheco said.
Several homes at the end of the residential cul-de-sac were evacuated as the fire burned, Glendora police officials said.
The California Highway Patrol issued a Sig Alert for the right-hand lane of the eastbound 210 Freeway as a result of the fire, and traffic on the freeway backed up for well over a mile in each direction.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation Saturday afternoon, Pacheco said. No injuries were reported.
ALTADENA — A fire blamed on a cigarette destroyed a residential garage and caused minor damage to two adjacent houses before being extinguished by firefighters Saturday, officials said.
The fire was first reported about 12:13 p.m. in a detached garage in the 3500 block McNally Avenue, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Bernard Peters said. It was declared “knocked down” just over 15 minutes later.
A woman in her 50s was taken to a hospital for treatment of a medical condition, though she was not believed to have been injured in the fire, Peters said.
It was not clear if she was a resident of one of the affected homes.
No one was displaced as a result of the fire, fire Capt. John Knowles said.
The fire, which caused about $40,000 worth of damage, was believed to have been sparked by a discarded cigarette, the captain added.
WHITTIER — A grass fire on the ground of the vacant Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility grew to about five acres and briefly threatened structures on the campus Thursday before firefighters got the upper hand, authorities said.
The fire was first reported at 1:43 p.m. at the former juvenile detention facility at 11850 Whittier Boulevard, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Melanie Flores said.
Though initially reported as half an acre in size, the grass fire soon grew to about five acres, fire Dispatch Supervisor Art Marrujo said.
Structures on the former juvenile detention facility, which is now used for movie and television filming, were initially threatened by the fire, though none were damaged, Marrujo said.
The first firefighters on-scene called for an additional five engines to assist, and three water dropping-helicopters were also used to combat the fire, officials said.
The helicopters were called off about 3 p.m., he said, as firefighters were confident they had halted the spread of the fire.
The fire was declared extinguished at 4:01 p.m., Flores added.
The cause of the fire was not available.
PASADENA — A fire scorched a Summit Avenue carport and a vehicle parked inside late Wednesday, officials said.
The fire broke out about 10:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of North Summit Avenue in a carport behind a two-story apartment building, Pasadena Fire Department officials said.
It caused an estimated $100,000 to the carport and its contents before firefighters doused the flames, Pasadena fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. A laundry room attached to the carport was also damaged.
No injuries were reported, she said, and the cause had not been determined.
GLENDORA — Coroner’s officials Wednesday officially identified a woman found dead in her Glendora home after firefighters extinguished a house fire.
Joan Abrahamson, 79, died at the scene of the fire, which was first reported shortly after 11 p.m. June 13 at a house in the 900 block of East Cypres Street, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
An autopsy determined she died from thermal burns and ruled the death an accident, Winter said.
Investigators believed they knew Abrahamson’s identity since the fire, as she and her husband were believed to be the only two people inside. But the officials identification was delayed due to the condition of the body, which police and fire officials said was discovered in a living room toward the rear of the home.
The cause was initially believed to have been sparked by a cigarette, however an official cause was not available Wednesday evening.
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.
GLENDORA – Firefighters put out a massive house fire and found a body inside the charred residence late Thursday, officials said.
The body was believed to be that of a woman in her late-70s who lived with her husband in the home in the 900 block of East Cypress Avenue with her husband.
But she had not been officially identified Friday, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
Authorities did not deem the fire suspicious.
“At this point, there is no evidence of suspicious circumstances,” Glendora police Sgt. Mike Randazzo said.
Los Angeles County Fire Department arson investigators suspected smoking materials may have sparked the fire, however an officials cause would likely not be determined until next week, Glendora police Sgt. Marty Amayo said.
The fire broke out at 11:09 p.m.
Police responding to 9-1-1 calls found a man in his 80s outside the house, Randazzo said.
“He told us that he believed his wife was still inside the house,” he said.
Due to the smoke and flames, Randazzo said the officers couldn’t get inside the house.
The fire was knocked down at 11:47 p.m., Pickett said. Firefighters then discovered the body.
“She was towards the back door of the house,” Randazzo said.
The fire appeared to have initiated in a family room toward the rear of the home, Amayo said.
Glendora police and arson investigators from the Los Angeles County Fire Department are investigating the fire.
Pickett said the fire department’s investigators are called in whenever there is a fatality in a fire.
But as of Friday, Amayo said, “It seems like it was just a tragic accident.”
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INDUSTRY — Firefighters made quick work of a small brush fire that ignited along the 60 Freeway in Industry Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The fire was first reported just after 4 p.m. along the 60 Freeway, near Crossroads Parkway, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.
It grew to about half an acre in size before being extinguished by firefighters in about half an hour, fire Inspector Keith Mora said.
No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported, he said. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
The fire briefly prompted the closure of the two right-hand lanes of the eastbound 60 Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.
COVINA — A fire caused by a barbecue grill late Sunday damaged a Covina home, displaced its residents and sent a man to the hospital with burns to his arms, authorities said.
The broke out about 8:20 p.m. at a single-story house in the 1100 block of East Wingate Street, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Bruce Lakin said.
It ignited when food being cooked on a gas barbecue on the home’s patio flared up, the captain said.
The fire climbed a bamboo fence and made its way into the attic of the home, Lakin said.
A man at the house suffered burns to his arms while trying to move the flaming fence away from the home, he said. The injuries were apparently minor.
The fire primarily scorched the attic of the home and some exterior walls, though the interior sustained smoke and water damage, Lakin said. A dollar-value estimate of the damage was not immediately available.