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Four-alarm fire damages several units at Westminster apartment complex

A four-alarm fire tore through several units of an apartment complex in Westminster on Friday evening, authorities said.

Drivers along the 405 Freeway reported seeing flames and heavy black smoke rising from the apartment on 14221 Edwards Street around 5:20 p.m., said Capt. Sean Doran, a spokesperson for the Orange County Fire Authority.

Fire crews arrived to find two to three units burning on the second floor of the two-story apartment, Doran said. Flames eventually spread to the first floor.

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More than 90 firefighters battled the blaze in order to prevent flames from spreading to the rest of the complex.

“If there are attached attics, flames can spread very quickly throughout the entire complex,” Doran said.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames within an hour at 6:22 p.m., Doran said.

Residents of six apartment units were evacuated due to either damage from flames or smoke, or from intense heat, Doran said. It was not immediately clear how many units were damaged.

Two residents had medical complaints and were assessed by fire paramedics, but they declined to be transported to a local hospital.

Dozens of firefighters remained on scene to continue snuffing out hot spots and to salvage personal property from further damage, Doran said.

The cause of the fire was unknown as fire investigators began to examine the charred units.


Source: Orange County Register

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