Two units were destroyed, and a third sustained serious damage when flames raced through a condominium complex Monday morning in Temple City, authorities said.
The fire broke out around 1:20 a.m. inside the building located in the 9000 block of Rancho Real Road (map), according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
All of the residents managed to get out of the building safely and no one was injured.
Firefighters credit working smoke alarms and a quick-thinking resident with saving lives.
“The house where the fire initially started, the young man, his smoke detector went off which woke him up and he came downstairs. He opened up the door leading into the garage… and he closed the door, which closing that door was probably the best thing he could have done, which stopped the fire from spreading into the house right away,” said Battalion Chief Mark Tolbert.
The Red Cross is assisting residents of the two units that were destroyed.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.