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Firefighters responded to a condominium complex in Irvine after a fire broke out late Thursday evening, Sept. 17, 2015. (Credit: OnScene)

A firefighter was injured and 15 residents were displaced after a fire broke out late Thursday evening at an Irvine condominium complex, officials said.

The blaze was reported shortly before midnight in the 20 block of Silverwood, prompting a response from 75 firefighters, according to Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority.

Four detached garages sustained heavy damage, two cars were destroyed and flames spread to three condominiums before the three-alarm fire was extinguished at 1:05 a.m., the captain said. Three other condos were damaged by smoke.

Thirteen adults and two teenagers, all displaced from their homes, were being assisted by the American Red Cross, according to the Fire Authority.

No injuries were initially reported, but Concialdi said a firefighter suffered a knee injury during the “overhaul stage” and was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

The blaze caused $1,000,000 in damage to structures and $500,000 worth of contents were lost, fire officials said.

Investigators determined the incident was accidental, caused by a possible malfunction of equipment that was being used in one of the garages, the Fire Authority said.