Costly blazes

Costly blazes

Two unrelated fires leave many people without homes   

By André Coleman 02/20/2014

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Two unrelated fires early Monday morning displaced 19 people, officials said.

The first blaze was reported at 1:30 a.m. Monday at a home in the 1200 block of Racheros Road in Linda Vista, near the Rose Bowl, officials said.

That fire was later upgraded to a second-alarm blaze because of the upscale area’s narrow roads and the size of the 5,000-square-foot home, according to Fire Department spokeswoman Linda Derderian, who said that four adults escaped the residence without injury. The blaze caused approximately $150,000 in damages.

A half-hour later, a second fire ripped through an apartment building on Penn Street, near Marengo Avenue, in Northwest Pasadena.
According to Derderian, the cause of the first fire is unknown and an investigation is ongoing. Careless smoking is being for the second fire. It was also not known how much damage the Penn Street blaze caused. All four units in that incident sustained smoke damage and at least two units were damaged by flames.

“Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the blaze,” Derderian told the Weekly. “Investigators are questioning the people who went to the hospital.”

Four adults were injured when they jumped out a second story window to escape. Neighbors caught several kids who also escaped the fire by jumping from the structure’s second story.

There were 25 people living in the four-plex, fifteen of which were displaced and later helped by the American Red Cross. Four people displaced in the Rancheros Road fire did not require help from the Red Cross.

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