Here’s the Fire Department’s scanner traffic.
A three-alarm fire torched several buildings near 3rd and Main Tuesday night.
The cause of the blaze was unknown. Several residences and business were without power when the fire brokeout. The blaze apparently started in a condo or apartment complex that is under construction.
Several other buildings appeared to catch fire as well.
Firefighters from Alhambra, South Pasadena and Los Angeles County responded to the thre-alarm blaze, officials said.
The amount of damage caused by the blaze was unknown. It is unknown if there were any injuries.
— Frank C. Girardot
Just saw KCBS/KCAL reporter Serene Branson do a story on this video. Thought I’d share it with Crime Scene readers:
Reporter Maritza Velazquez tracked down a young woman who lost everything in Hurricane Katrina only to face the similar prospect as a resident of Diamond Bar Saturday. Here’s the top of her story:
DIAMOND BAR — Three years ago Danita Clark lost everything.
She came close to experiencing a similar loss Sunday when she and nearly 1,800 others were evacuated from their neighborhoods in Diamond Bar ahead of the raging Triangle Complex Fire.
“I took everything I could. I’ve been through Hurricane Katrina, so I know how it is to come back and not have anything,” Clark said.
In August 2005, the 22-year-old was forced to evacuate her Slidell, Louisiana home when Hurricane Katrina hit and ultimately devastated the Gulf Coast.
After living in a hotel and eating from fast food restaurants everyday for a month, she returned. But her former home was in ruins. The furniture was severely molded and the home was flooded with water that reached six-feet in height.
This comes from blogger Bear Chick:
We’re smack in the middle of Brea/Anaheim Hills/Yorba Linda, then being called the Freeway Complex fire. Last night Carbon Canyon was added and this morning Chino Hills and Diamond Bar came into the mix and now it’s called the Triangle Complex fire. I don’t think we’ve ever been this close to a fire this big. We’ve seen fire in the hills in Yorba Linda but the problem with this weekend’s fire was the Santa Ana winds kicking up. The Brea fire is about 2 miles from us, which seems like a safe distance I suppose but the fire crossed a freeway in Yorba Linda! For those of you not familiar with freeways in Cali, the 91 probably has at least 8 lanes where the fire jumped it. So 2 miles away doesn’t seem that far in view of Mother Nature’s leaping ability!
From the Associated Press:
Nick Carone, left, and Daniel Brooks of the San Bernardino County Fire Dept. Grand Terrace unit fight a wildfire in Chino Hills , Calif., Sunday, Nov. 16, 2008. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
An exclusive enclave of multi-million homes in Diamond Bar is being evacuated, according to officials at the Walnut Sheriff’s substation. The estates are home to rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and U.S. Rep Gary Miller as well as several other celebrities and sports figures.
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Again from the Associated Press:
AP Radio News plans to carry a news conference with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger regarding the wildfires. It’s expected to start around 12:45 pes but this is not a hard start time.