1 dead, woman hospitalized after fire at Garden Grove rehab facility

A person died and a woman was transported to the hospital after a fire broke out Sunday night at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Garden Grove, the Orange County Fire Authority said.

Firefighters arrived in the 13000 block of Jefferson Street just after 8 p.m. to find a second-story room involved in heavy flames, OCFA Capt. Nolan McGaughy told a video journalist for OnScene TV. Firefighters found one victim in the involved room and they were pronounced dead at the scene, McGaughy said.

No identifying information for the person was immediately available.

During their rapid search, FF’s pulled out one adult victim who was immediately pronounced deceased on scene by FFPM’s. One additional person who suffered minor injuries exiting the house was assessed by firefighter paramedics & transported to the hospital. pic.twitter.com/0IGkBJkoyM

— OCFA PIO (@OCFireAuthority) November 22, 2021

Firefighters were initially told of three people trapped upstairs, but the one victim was the lone occupant found involved with the fire, said Capt. Sean Doran.

A woman was also taken to the hospital with minor injuries after she was found on the center’s front lawn with an injury related to exiting the center, Doran said.

The fire’s cause was under investigation, McGaughy said. Arson investigators were also on the scene, he said.

“Smoke alarms were not present and/or working,” OCFA said in a tweet.

Twelve people were displaced from the center as a result of the fire and were being assisted by the American Red Cross of Southern California, the OCFA said in a tweet.

The Huntington Beach Fire Department assisted with the incident.

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Woman killed in San Juan Capistrano apartment fire

An apartment fire in the 32100 block of Paseo Carolina in San Juan Capistrano on Tuesday evening killed one person and displaced 14 others, officials said.

The Orange County Fire Authority received a call just before 7:30 p.m. about the fire. It was knocked down quickly and firefighters were able to save neighboring apartments.

Firefighters encountered an unusual amount of combustible material, which made it difficult to move around, said OCFA Capt. Greg Barta.

Fatality Fire-Sadly a female perished when a fire occurred in her apartment. Firefighters battled through a significant fire load which made searching the building and battling the blaze difficult. Tremendous work by FF’s prevented the fire from extending to adjacent homes.>>>> pic.twitter.com/loJy4CPIbG

— OCFA PIO (@OCFireAuthority) November 3, 2021

An elderly woman perished in the fire in her apartment, the OCFA said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, said Barta.

This is a developing story. Please check back later for updates.

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Tree fire spreads to Compton pallet yard, homes

COMPTON — What began as a tree fire was pushed by gusting winds into an industrial pallet yard and warehouse complex in Compton on Wednesday, creating a plume of thick black smoke visible from as far as Orange County and prompting evacuations as embers ignited blazes at homes in an adjacent neighborhood.

Update: Slew of street closures in effect near large Compton industrial fire that has spread to several homes. See the list here. https://t.co/69LbXFEXGn

— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) April 1, 2021

 

A passerby initially reported a fire burning in a tree near Alameda Street and East Rosecrans Avenue around 4:30 p.m., fire officials said.

With the Southland in the tail end of a Santa Ana wind event, gusty conditions quickly pushed the flames into the industrial yard, sparking an inferno as flames chewed through flammable materials stacked in the yard and inside metal-roof structures on the property.

Sporadic small explosions could be seen within the fire.

Fire crews from Compton, Santa Fe Springs, Downey and Los Angeles County were among those responding to the blaze, which quickly went to a third alarm.

Unable to access the property due to the raging inferno, ladder crews were relegated to a surround-and-drown attack, pouring water on the flames from above.

The winds, however, continued pushing embers from the blaze into adjacent neighborhoods, where at least three structures were damaged, including one several blocks away. Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the neighborhood and were evacuating some homes. It was unclear how many residents were affected.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

Sheriff’s officials urged residents to avoid the area, announcing a series of road closures around the blaze.

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Small fire put out in Brea landfill area

A spot fire was extinguished Monday night, Dec. 14, in the vicinity of the Olinda Alpha Landfill in Brea.

The fire was reported at 9:10 p.m. in the area of 1942 Valencia Ave. and was reported as being about 100 feet by 200 feet, according to Greg Barta of the Orange County Fire Authority. Barta said the fire was moving at “slow rate of speed” and was declared extinguished by 10:41 p.m.

 

Structures were not threatened and the cause of the fire was under investigation. The Los Angeles County Fire Department, the Fullerton Fire Department and the Brea Fire Department responded alongside the OCFA.

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Anaheim man arrested after Placentia fire linked to marijuana honey oil operation

PLACENTIA — A 41-year-old Anaheim man was booked Wednesday on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance stemming from a blaze at a marijuana honey oil operation in Placentia, police said.

David Hoffman was found in front of a business that caught fire in the 700 block of Dunn Way about 8:40 a.m., Placentia police said.

Police said he told first responders there was a marijuana honey oil operation in the burning building and that there were several flammable chemicals on the premises, leading firefighters to evacuate workers in the Dunn Way Business Park as well as businesses on the 700 block of Orangethorpe Avenue.

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information helpful to investigators was asked to call police at 714-993-8146. Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at 855-TIP-OCCS.

Marijuana concentrates are a highly potent THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) concentrated mass that is similar in appearance to honey or butter, which is why it is sometimes referred to or known on the street as “honey oil” or “budder,” according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. It’s also known as “butane hash oil.” One method of manufacturing concentrates uses highly flammable butane to extract the THC from the cannabis plant.

The Register contributed to this story.

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Teen arrested, suspected of starting fire that burned Johnny Rebs’ building in Orange

A teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with a fire that burned the former Johnny Rebs’ restaurant in Orange on Monday evening.

Phil McMullin, spokesman for the Orange Police Department, said the boy was arrested Tuesday evening.

The boy was arrested on suspicion of arson and booked into juvenile hall, police said.

The fire broke out along the 2900 block of East Chapman Avenue, fire officials said. The Orange Fire Department sent roughly 30 firefighters to the scene at around 7:15 p.m. It burned for about half an hour before firefighters put it put.

The former restaurant closed nearly a year ago.

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Closed restaurant building burns in Orange

A fire that broke out in Orange on Monday evening at the former Johnny Rebs’ restaurant was quickly quelled by the Orange Fire Department.

The fire broke out along the 2900 block of East Chapman Avenue, fire officials said. The Orange Fire Department sent roughly 30 firefighters to the scene at around 7:15 p.m.

Officials said the fire was under control as of 7:45 p.m. Nobody was injured from the fire.

The fire burned at the former restaurant that closed nearly a year ago.

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2 sustain minor burn injuries in Garden Grove fire

GARDEN GROVE — Two people were injured when trees and a shed caught fire Monday night in Garden Grove.

The fire broke out about 7 p.m. in the 12000 block of Brookhaven Street, near the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Brookhurst Street, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

Firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to homes, but two people suffered minor burn injuries, the fire authority reported.

The cause of the fire was being investigated.

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Fire damages maintenance building, golf carts at Seal Beach country club

SEAL BEACH — A fire inside a maintenance building Sunday at Seal Beach’s Old Ranch Country Club heavily damaged the structure and destroyed several golf carts, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

The blaze inside the detached building at the county club near Seal Beach Boulevard and Lampson Avenue was reported at 5:07 p.m., said OCFA Capt. Thanh Nguyen.

The fire was apparently caused by a malfunction in a battery system and a charger on one of the golf carts, Nguyen said.

The department sent four engines and three trucks to the scene and extinguished the flames in about 20 minutes, he said.

The total damage to the building and carts totaled an estimated $250,000, he said.

No injuries were reported.

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2 buses, reported to be unoccupied, burn at LAX

Los Angeles firefighters put out a fire that destroyed two liquid propane-powered passenger buses and damaged a third at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday night, officials said.

@CBSLA @KTLA @lanewsnow #laxfire pic.twitter.com/81nnk9DEd2

— Joseph Porras (@gay_jojo_boy) December 22, 2019

Propane bus on fire at LAX pic.twitter.com/navFrRtp6M

— Chris Seguin (@CSeguinFilms) December 22, 2019

 

The fires were reported around 9 p.m. near the Uber and Lyft pickup lots, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. It took 25 firefighters less than 20 minutes to put out the flames.

The fire temporarily closed the LAX-it facility, but it reopened after the flames were extinguished. Those exiting LAX were asked to follow directions of airport staff until further notice, Humphrey said.

“Though the fire’s cause remains under investigation, there is no reason to consider it suspicious at this time,” he said.

There were no reports of passengers on board and no reports of injuries, he said, but added that the cleanup was causing delays for airport traffic.

 

The LAX-it lot has been fully re-opened following a swift response to a vehicle fire at the lot. We thank the firefighters and are relieved there were no injuries.

— LAX Airport (@flyLAXairport) December 22, 2019

Passengers — and people heading to and leaving the airport — posted photos on social media showing flames and smoke from the inferno rising to the sky.

 

More from @flyLAXairport passenger busses on fire. Smoke and flame fill air not far from airport pylons. pic.twitter.com/s9tXbhX5Fe

— Juan Fernandez (@NewsJuan) December 22, 2019

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