Carson fire caused $3.1 million in damage, displaced 139 people
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.
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 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.
-- Matt Stevens
Photo: Smoke billows from a structure in the Carson fire Thursday night. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.