Two early-morning Pasadena fires displace 22 people from their homes

Two fires that that broke out in Pasadena early Monday displaced a total of 22 people, including four who were injured, officials said.

The two fires were considered rare because they happened within an hour of each other and because multiple fire stations responded to the fires, according to Lisa Derderian, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department.

The first fire was reported at about 1:30 a.m. in a 5,000-square-foot home in the 1200 block of Rancheros Road, west of the Rose Bowl, Derderian said.

Three people were inside the home when the fire broke out, but they managed to escape, she said. No injuries were reported in the blaze and the three people were temporarily displaced for the evening. 

Several fire stations from Burbank, Glendale and South Pasadena also responded to the fire because the home was located along a narrow road and surrounded by brush.

Officials said the fire caused more than $100,000 in damage.

The second fire was reported around 2 a.m. in an apartment complex in the 270 block of East Penn Street, between Garfield and Marengo avenues, according to Derderian.

Some people were forced to jump from the second story because flames kept them from going down the stairs, Derderian said. Children were handed to neighbors through windows.

Four adults were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, she said.

The complex was mainly occupied by members of the same family, Derderian said. A total of 19 people were displaced, including 8 children.

Red Cross officials are assisting those displaced.

Officials said the fire cause an estimated $550,000 in damage. 

The causes of fires remained under investigation.


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