Two fires strike La Cañada Flintridge

Two structure fires hit La Cañada Flintridge early Thursday morning, with one being investigated as a possible arson. Neither fire resulted in injury.

At 2:30 a.m., a shed on the 4500 block of La Granada Way, a short distance from Fire Station 19, caught fire. The blaze extended to the garage on the property, causing an estimated $65,000 in damage.

“When Station 19 heard the bell, they could smell the smoke in the station; that's how close it was,” Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Ray Mitchison said. He said it took firefighters exactly one minute to get to the scene. But it took more than two hours to fully extinguish the blaze.

“We had to cut part of the roof of the garage and check for extensions, and had to check the side of the wall of the garage,” Mitchison said.

Lt. Brian Fitch of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station said investigators thought the fire might have been started by cigarettes.

At 3:15 a.m., as firefighters worked the La Granada blaze, Station 82 was alerted to a fire at a home on the 4900 block of Burgoyne Lane. The blaze was quickly doused and caused an estimated $3,000 in damage.

Fitch said the blaze is under investigation as a possible arson.

Fireworks were suspected to have been involved, he said.


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