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1 killed in fire at retirement apartment complex

January 2, 2010 | 10:40 pm

One person was killed tonight and 60 tenants were displaced after fire engulfed four units at a retirement apartment complex in Anaheim, the city fire chief said.

About 90 firefighters responded to the blaze at the three-story Miracle Terrace complex, 225 S. Western Ave. Firefighters helped dozens of residents evacuate safely from the 39-unit building.

No other injuries were reported, said Anaheim Fire Department Chief Tim Butler.

The identity of the victim was not released. Fire officials declined to say where the body was found. 

“The first engines reported heavy smoke from the second floor,” Butler said.

The fire heavily damaged four units and spread to the third floor and attic. It took about 70 minutes to the extinguish the blaze, officials said.

Red Cross officials were helping displaced residents find alternative housing. It was not known when they will be able to return. The cause of the fire has not been determined, Butler said.

Arson and homicide investigators have been called to the scene, as is routine in fatal fires, he said.

--Stephanie Chavez

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