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Wind-fueled fire damages three homes in Riverside County

November 2, 2011 | 10:25 am

High winds spread a fire from a Riverside County center divider to a vacant two-acre field and damaged three nearby homes before it was largely extinguished Wednesday morning.

Cheri Patterson, of the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, gave details to KTLA-Channel 5.

About 60 firefighters fought the blaze that began just after 9 a.m. off Van Buren Boulevard at Bellegrave Avenue in Glen Avon, Patterson said.

No one was hurt, but one house sustained major damage.

Two other homes were moderately damaged, Patterson said. The cause of the fire had not been determined.


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Photo: Bryon Gavino, 21, helps put out smoldering spots in an open field along Van Buren Boulevard where a fire started and damaged three homes on Birmingham Avenue before it was  extinguished. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times