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Carson fire caused $3.1 million in damage, displaced 139 people

October 28, 2011 |  7:36 am

Carson fire Oct 27
A massive fire that started at a construction site in Carson displaced 139 people and caused $3.1 million in damage, a Los Angeles County Fire Department official said Friday.

The Thursday night blaze destroyed five buildings, damaged six more and ripped through 30 mobile homes, leaving them either damaged or destroyed, said supervising fire dispatcher Ed Pickett.

Two of the damaged buildings were senior citizen housing, Pickett said.

PHOTOS: Carson construction fire

Despite the destruction, only two civilians suffered minor injuries, Pickett said.

The Red Cross was providing shelter for the displaced, but there was no estimate for when residents would be able to return to their homes.

The fire broke out around 5 p.m. Thursday at a three-story structure in the 21700 block of South Avalon Boulevard. It was knocked down about 7:30 p.m.

The residential complex was under construction and had a wood frame with several openings that allowed wind to stoke the flames. The mobile home park was next to the complex.

Pickett said seven fire engines worked through the night to clean up and monitor the situation. The cause was under investigation.


Cause of Carson fire under investigation

Firefighters battle Carson structure blaze

Firefighters evacuate mobile home park in huge Carson blaze

-- Matt Stevens

Photo: Smoke billows from a structure in the Carson fire Thursday night. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.