24 Residents Displaced, 1 Injured After Fire Burns Through 2 Homes in El Monte

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At least 24 residents, including several children, were displaced after an intense fire ripped through two residences in El Monte early Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

A blaze that began in one El Monte home spread to another before fire crews extinguished it on Jan. 28, 2015, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. (Credit: OnScene TV)

A blaze that began in one El Monte home spread to another before fire crews extinguished it on Jan. 28, 2015, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. (Credit: OnScene TV)

The blaze broke out in the 3900 block of Arden Drive (map) around 3 a.m. and spread to a neighboring house, the Fire Department said.

Video from the scene showed one of the two single-story, single-family structures fully engulfed in bright orange flames as thick smoke poured out from the windows.

Fire officials estimated crews were able to gain control over the fire and extinguish the flames within 45 minutes.

The two homes were significantly damaged, along with several other structures that were on the properties.

A woman sustained minor burn injuries as she was shielding her children while running from the home, a fire official at the scene said. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The American Red Cross has been called in to assist the displaced residents, many of whom were still standing outside the homes as of 5:15 a.m.

The cause of the fire was being investigated, but investigators believed that it began in the car before igniting the home.

KTLA's Alberto Mendez contributed to this story.

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