Four firefighters hurt in Monterey Park fire

Four firefighters hurt in Monterey Park fire

30 August 2013

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USA — A brush fire charred about three acres, damaged a roof and sent four firefighters to hospitals with minor injuries on Friday in Monterey Park.

The cause of the fire is still unknown but it doesn’t look suspicious at this time, according to Monterey Fire Capt. Matt Hallock.

The fire broke out at 1:32  p.m. in the 1000 block of Bradshawe Avenue.

Hallock said with the heat and dry vegetation, the fire quickly moved up the hill.

At one point, he said the fire threatened three homes.

One of the roofs caught fire but firefighters doused the flames. Hallock estimated the damage to the roof as between $5,000 to $10,000.

Hallock said about 12 to 15 people were evacuated from those homes. The Red Cross was notified.

He said a Monterey Park firefighter, two San Marino firefighters and a Los Angeles County firefighter suffered heat exhaustion. They were taken to local hospitals.

The blaze was knocked down between 4  and 4:15  p.m., but firefighters were still at the scene at 5:50 p.m. mopping up and making sure there were no hot spots.

A water-dropping helicopter was sent to battle the blaze. Between 80 and 100 firefighters on the scene came from fire departments in Monterey Park, Los Angeles County, Pasadena, Glendale, Alhambra, San Marino and South Pasadena.

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