Arson Investigation Underway After 2 Homes Catch Fire in Azusa

An arson investigation was underway Wednesday into what caused a fire that engulfed two partially built homes in Azusa during the early morning hours.

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Damage from a fire that burned in Azusa Wednesday morning is seen in this photo. (Credit: KTLA)

The fire was reported in the Rosedale community, in the northern portion of Azusa, at about 1 a.m., Officer Mike Bires stated in a news release.

Arriving officers found the two homes fully engulfed in flames in the 500 block of Desert Willow Road (map), according to the release.

Los Angeles County firefighters put out the blaze, but both homes appeared to have been completely destroyed.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

The homes were being built by a developer, as were other homes on the block, Bires said.

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Two homes caught fire in Azusa Wednesday morning. (Credit: Azusa Police Department)

The vice president of the development company told KTLA both structures would need to be torn down and rebuilt from scratch.

Initial damage reports totaled about $500,000.

Something that sounded like two people arguing was reportedly heard in the area just before the flames erupted, but authorities later said it was unrelated to the blaze.

An arson unit was investigating the cause of the fire.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Azusa Police Department at 626-812-3200. Those who wish to remain anonymous can click the anonymous tip logo at the top of the department’s website.

KTLA’s Courtney Friel contributed to this report.


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