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10 families displaced in Brentwood blaze

November 10, 2011 |  9:22 am

Brentwood fire Nov 10 2011
Ten Brentwood families were displaced by a fire Wednesday morning that damaged their residences while destroying a nearby townhouse complex under construction, a fire official said.

The fire broke out shortly before 4 a.m. in the 12300 block of West Gorham Avenue. Some 160 Los Angeles firefighters took more than 90 minutes to put it out.

No one was hurt in the blaze, and the fire's cause was under investigation.

The displaced families from a small apartment complex and a single-family home next to the townhouse development will be out of their homes for an undetermined amount of time.

They have found housing with relatives or friends, said Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Another 35 people were evacuated from nearby residences as a precautionary measure, but they have returned to their homes.


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Photo: A dog trained to detect signs of arson is brought on scene after a fire at a six-unit townhouse complex under construction in Brentwood. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times