Firefighters on Friday morning extinguished a dramatic three-alarm fire that burned two adjacent apartment buildings in Anaheim, leaving dozens of residents homeless, including a 9-year-old girl battling cancer.
The blaze was reported shortly before 5:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of East Benmore Lane, according to a spokesperson for the Fullerton Fire Department, which was assisting the Anaheim Fire Department at the scene. The Orange County Fire Authority also responded to the location.
No injuries were immediately reported. About 40 residents were displaced and Red Cross officials were en route to assist them, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department.
Among those displaced by the fire was 9-year-old Briseyda, who was diagnosed with cancer three months ago.
She had just come home after spending the past two weeks in the hospital, according to her parents.
Now the family was among dozens of others who have lost their homes, many of them children.
The group "Miracles for Kids" was helping Briseyda and her family.
The 9-year-old was set to go back to the hospital next week for more chemotherapy.
During the early morning blaze, Sky5 video showed massive flames emanating from the roofs of both structures. Firefighters atop ladders were pouring multiple streams of water onto the infernos from above.
Dozens of fire vehicles lined North Acacia Street, which was closed between Benmore and the 91 Freeway.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.