Residents were safely evacuated when fires broke out at two adjacent apartment buildings in Anaheim on the morning of Friday, November 6, reported ktla.com.
The fires were reported at about 5:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of Benmore Lane by nbclosangeles.com. Aerial video showed fire burning through the roofs of two neighboring buildings in the complex of about four two-story structures.
Dry and windy conditions may have played a factor as to why the fire spread so quickly, according to losangeles.cbslocal.com.
The fire might have started in one of the units and spread across a wooden fence between the buildings to the other building, according to fire investigators.
Residents huddled under a nearby parking structure as firefighters on the ground and on ladder trucks fought the fires, which generated thick smoke that could be seen from the nearby 91 Freeway, just south of the apartments, over the Fullerton and Anaheim areas, reported ktla.com.
The American Red Cross is helping displaced residents from eight apartments find temporary lodging. No damage was reported to the surrounding apartments. However, according to myinforms.com, the buildings are estimated to be a total loss. “No injuries were immediately reported. About 40 residents were displaced and Red Cross officials were en route to assist them,” said Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department, reported ktla.com.
Details regarding a cause of the fires were not immediately available. An initial investigation showed no evidence that the fire was intentionally set.