Carport fire
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Pasadena carport fire

Carport fire
Residents examine the aftermath of a carport fire at a Pasadena apartment complex that destroyed or severely damaged 13 cars. The fire at 1000 South Orange Grove Ave. caused more than $700,000 in damages. (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Leigh McGilvray is shocked to learn that she slept through the early-morning fire at the Pasadena apartment complex. Residents described hearing noises that sounded like small explosions at around 2 a.m., which turned out to be the sound of tires popping. (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times)
A Pasadena fire investigator begins his examination of the area. Officials say the flames were so hot that concrete melted in some places. (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times)
License plate
Some of the vehicles, which included a Porsche and two Lexuses, were burnt down to the metal, although this license plate frame fared better than the plate itself in the intense heat. (Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times)