Firefighter Hurt, 5 Homes Damaged in Pomona Fire
Amateur picture of one of the homes engulfed in flames (Paul Munro/ home video / July 11, 2009)
Los Angeles County Fire received a call reporting the fire in the 1500 block of Gordon Street, near Garey and McKinley avenues, at about 5:00 p.m.
At least 150 firefighters fought the blaze, which may have originated in a shed behind the 22-unit apartment building.
Dry brush in the surrounding area may have helped intensify and spread the fire, endangering more homes.
"Because of the dense dry vegetation behind these structures as well as the wind, the fire quickly spread, damaging several other structures in the process," said county fire Inspector Frank Garrido.
According to Paul Munro, an eyewitness on the scene, flaming embers were carried by wind from the apartment building and ignited the two other structures two blocks away.
Local law enforcement helped LA County firefighters evacuate residents out of the structures while firefighters worked to put out the flames.
Garrido says there were no civilian injuries, though one fire captain reportedly sustained back injuries and was transported to an area hospital.
The Red Cross was on scene to help any displaced homeowners.
No monetary estimate of the damage done to the homes was immediately available.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.