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One home destroyed, two others heavily damaged in Sunset Beach fire

May 12, 2011 |  7:54 pm

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At least three homes in Sunset Beach were severely damaged or destroyed by an intense fire Thursday afternoon, Orange County fire authorities said.

La-me-sunset-beach-fireMore than 80 firefighters responded to the four-alarm blaze in the 16500 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Sunset Beach shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, fire authorities said. At least two people suffered smoke inhalation, but neither required hospitalization.

One of the homes involved collapsed from fire damage, said Capt. Greg McKeown, spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority. The other two sustained major damage, he said.

Firefighters from Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and the county fire authority fought the blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation, McKeown said.

Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles, and traffic was jammed throughout the area.

Cathy Curtis, who lives nearby, said a friend called her after seeing her house on TV. Curtis, who is nine months pregnant, wasn't sure if her house was OK but was relieved that her two dogs were saved.

PHOTOS: Fire in Sunset Beach

-- Mona Shadia in Sunset Beach

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Photo:  Firefighters extinguish a four-alarm fire that destroyed one Sunset Beach home and heavily damaged two others. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angles Times

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