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A fire burns at an apartment building in Santa Ana on July 11, 2018. (Credit:

A fire burns at an apartment building in Santa Ana on July 11, 2018. (Credit:

A fire that left three people injured in a Santa Ana apartment complex was described as suspicious by a fire official Wednesday.

Firefighters responded to the Saddleback Lodge apartment building in the 1600 block of East First Street when a fire was reported just after midnight, Orange County Fire Authority spokesperson Tony Bommarito said.

The three-story building, which was not equipped with sprinklers, had heavy fire burning on the second and third floors when firefighters arrived, Bommarito said.

Crews managed to knockdown the blaze in about 45 minutes.

“Eight to 10 units damaged or destroyed, but there are dozens of units here so they did a wonderful job today,” Bommarito said.

Three patients were located and transported to a local hospital, including one person who suffered traumatic burn injuries, said Bommarito, who described the fire as suspicious.

Police were able to question a woman who had sustained minor injuries in the fire.

“She had made some statements to lead them to believe that she could be a suspect so they decided to detain her and question her further,” Bommarito said.

The woman was later determined to only be a witness and not a suspect in the investigation, Bommarito said.

Arson investigators were sent to the scene to determine the cause of the fire, Santa Ana Police Department Sgt. Adrian Silva said.