Dozens of Seniors Evacuated, Two Injured in Pasadena High-Rise Senior Living Center Blaze

8 People were Displaced from their Units

Published : Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | 5:03 AM

A sixth-floor electrical fire in a Pasadena high-rise senior care facility Monday afternoon brought a two-alarm response from four local fire departments. The blaze was quickly knocked down.

Pasadena Fire Dept. crews and police arriving about 2:36 p.m. at the facility in the 200 block of Cordova Street evacuated 26 seniors down to the building’s ground floor community center, authorities said.

The fire itself was contained to one unit and was held in check by sprinklers before being extinguished by arriving firefighters.

The unit’s resident was not at home at the time the blazse erupted, authorities said.

Two people were slightly injured, Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington reported from the scene, but none was hurt seriously enough to be transported to the hospital.

“We have firefighters, police officers instrumental in helping evacuate the residents room by room, but we want to ensure that there’s no smoke inside the structure before we let them go back into their rooms,” said City spokesperson Lisa Derderian said Monday.

In addition to Pasadena crews, units from the Alhambra, South Pasadena and San Marino Fire Depts. also responded.

About 50 firefighters were at the scene, Chief Washington said.

A total of eight people were displaced from their units, according to the Fire Department, but were housed temporarily within the building.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. Authorities did not release a damage estimate.

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