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3-alarm fire forces evacuation of 60-unit Huntington Beach apartment building

3-alarm fire forces evacuation of 60-unit Huntington Beach apartment building
A firefighter stands in a damaged apartment building in the 4000 block of Boardwalk Drive in Huntington Beach that was evacuated Wednesday morning because of a fire in a third-floor unit. (Courtesy of Huntington Beach Fire Department)

A three-alarm fire caused the evacuation of a 60-unit apartment building in Huntington Beach on Wednesday morning, the Fire Department said.

Authorities responded to a report of the fire in the 4000 block of Boardwalk Drive just before 9 a.m.

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The blaze was confined to a third-floor apartment, but because of the building’s center hallway configuration, all units of the three-story building required evacuation, Fire Department spokesman Eric McCoy said.

Forty-five firefighters worked to put out the blaze, which was knocked down at about 10 a.m., the department said. No firefighters or residents were injured.

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It wasn’t clear whether the residents of the burned unit were home when the fire occurred or how many people were evacuated overall, McCoy said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, the Fire Department said.

Huntington Beach firefighters were assisted by the Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa and Garden Grove fire departments and the Orange County Fire Authority, McCoy said.

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