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Cause of La Verne fire unknown

On Friday afternoon a brush fire broke out in La Verne near Broken Spur Lane above Baseline Avenue. The fire burned nearly 27 acres of land and destroyed at least one structure despite the efforts of firefighters on the ground and aircraft dropping water. The Erickson Aircrane helicopter can carry up to 2,650 gallons of water for fire fighting. / photo by Hunter Cole

On Friday afternoon a brush fire broke out in La Verne near Broken Spur Lane above Baseline Avenue. The fire burned nearly 27 acres of land and destroyed at least one structure despite the efforts of firefighters on the ground and aircraft dropping water. The Erickson Aircrane helicopter can carry up to 2,650 gallons of water for fire fighting. / photo by Hunter Cole

Mariela Patron
News Editor

As of this Thursday, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Arson and Explosive Enforcement is still investigating the cause of the fire that broke out near Broken Spur Lane and Rough Rider in La Verne last Friday.

“Right now that is undetermined, but arson has not been excluded,” said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Grall about a possible cause.

After the fire began at 12:52 p.m., KTLA-TV reported the fire had grown to three acres by 1:30 p.m.

Twenty fire engines and 200 to 250 firefighters were sent to combat the fire, Inspector Tony Atkins said. Water-dropping aircrafts, SuperScooper and SkyCrane were also used to help firefighters.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department then proceeded to report on its Twitter page the evacuation of residents and horses.

“It’s a mixed residential area,” Lt. Andy Berg said.

The streets evacuated included Roughrider Road, Summit Road, Quail Valley Road, Saddle Horn Lane, Glen Ivy Street and Williams Avenue.

“Life is more important than possessions,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department San Dimas Station tweeted.

No houses were damaged in the fire except for three outbuildings.

“That means like old stables,” Grall said.

According to the LA County Fire Department’s Twitter, 80 percent of the fire was contained by 3 p.m.

The Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department reported 27 acres burned by the time it was extinguished at around 5 p.m. Evacuations were also lifted at that time and none of the residents were kept away overnight, Berg said.

Firefighter units were left patrolling the burned area until 1:15 p.m. the following afternoon.

Mariela Patron can be reached at mariela.patron@laverne.edu.

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