House Fire Causes Roof Collapse, Firefighters Unharmed

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Staff | Photography by JAMIE NICHOLSON, Pasadena Fire Dept.

9:02 am | October 12, 2013


[Updated: Oct. 12, 2013 | 4:45 p.m.] An electrical fire swept through the attic of a single-story Craftsman home in the 700 block of North Michigan Ave. shortly after 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning, leading to a roof collapse and $700,000 in damages.

Photo: Victor Caballero via Twitter

Responding firefighters encountered heavy fire throughout the entire attic of the home upon arrival. Shortly thereafter, the structure’s roof partially collapsed, Fire Dept. spokesperson Lisa Derderian said.

No firefighters were injured.

The owners were not at home at the time of the fire.

The Fire Dept. response, which included four engines and two trucks, necessitated the closure of both Michigan Ave. and Orange Grove Blvd. near Michigan Ave. for several hours.

“We have hoses across Orange Grove,” Derderian said.

Adjacent residences were evacuated as a precautionary measure, authorities said.

The actual fire took about 30 minutes to knock down, but mop up and investigation crews were at the scene for an additional six and a half hours.

Michigan Ave. was reopened to traffic at about 4:10 p.m., according to the Police Dept.