Pasadena fire spreads to three homes

Multiple fire crews responded to the fire, which consumed multiple homes in Pasadena Friday

July 5, 2013 4:05:42 PM PDT
Firefighters spent Friday afternoon battling a fire that spread to three homes in one Pasadena neighborhood.

It broke out around 3pm on Carpenter near Hancock.

When SkyEye HD first arrived on scene around 3:30pm, the garages of two homes were completely engulfed in flames. As firefighters fought to contain it, the blaze spread to nearby trees and then jumped to a third home.

Fourteen-year-old Caleb Bryant said he heard what sounded like fireworks pop. He ran outside barefoot but his home caught fire so fast that he didn't have time to run back inside to put shoes on.

"The fire was starting to burn the fence and it was spreading down the fence. Then it caught our roof on fire and then it spread all throughout the house," Bryant said.

It took more than two hours for firefighters to extinguish all three fires completely. They're still monitoring the homes for hot spots.

Authorities say the fire may have started after a transformer blew in between a couple of houses. Investigators believe the fire spread quickly because the gas meters at two of the homes melted.

It appears all residents safely escaped the fire.

"I thought was not going to be anything serious so I got the water hose and went back there and the fence was burning in four different directions," homeowner Morris Bryant said. "The wind was blowing and it was just a matter of 10 minutes."

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