Anaheim Fire Leaves 17 People Homeless : Evacuation: Early-morning blaze destroys two apartment units and severely damages two others, displacing nine adults and eight children.


An early-morning fire at an apartment complex left 17 people homeless Thursday, fire officials said.

No one was injured in the 12:15 a.m. blaze, which destroyed two units and severely damaged two others in the complex, on North Fashion Lane near Park Lane, according to Battalion Chief Steve Magliocco of the Fire Department.

Awakened by sirens, neighbor Bob McCoy saw a wall of fire across from his apartment building. The fire, at 1313 N. Fashion Lane, "looked like a forest fire," he recalled. "The whole front of the building was in heavy flames."

Police officers from Anaheim and Placentia helped evacuate the burning units, Magliocco said.

Red Cross officials at the scene helped move displaced residents to nearby hotels, spokeswoman Judy Iannaccone said. A total of nine adults and eight children--ranging from 1 to 14 years old--were displaced, she said.

Officials said the fire caused an estimated $250,000 damage. Fire Department investigators do not know what started the blaze, said Bob Hirst, an Anaheim Fire Department division chief.

About 40 firefighters battled the flames for about half an hour before bringing the fire under control, Magliocco said.

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