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Local News in Brief : Anaheim : Arson Possible Cause of Seniors Complex Fire

Fire investigators said Tuesday that arson was the probable cause of the fire that destroyed a senior citizens complex under construction in Anaheim, causing $2 million in damage.

The fire, which started early Monday morning, gutted what was to have been the Horizon Village senior citizens complex at 2200 Colchester Drive, near the intersection of Ball Road and Brookhurst Street.

Officials believe that wind-blown embers from that fire caused a second fire at the Casa Granada apartment complex in the 2500 block of West Winston Road, about a mile away. Flames quickly spread across the shake roofs of the apartment complex, gutting six second-floor apartments and leaving 30 people homeless. The Casa Granada fire caused an estimated $350,000 damage but no serious injuries.

“The origin of the fire is suspicious and an investigation continues,” said Steve Magliocco, division chief of the Anaheim Fire Department.

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