Fire Rips Through Home in South Pasadena Area; No Injuries Reported

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Firefighters extinguished a house fire in the South Pasadena area on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.

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Forty-four firefighters extinguished a fire that destroyed a home in South Pasadena on Sunday. No injuries were reported.

Firefighters extinguished a house fire in the South Pasadena area on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.
Firefighters extinguished a house fire in the South Pasadena area on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014.

Fire personnel from five departments responded shortly after 4 a.m. to a single-story house that was fully engulfed in flames in the 800 block of Kendall Avenue, officials said.

Multiple agencies were called to the scene because of the incident's location, near the border of South Pasadena and Los Angeles, said Division Chief Richard Beckman of the San Gabriel Fire Department.

The home was "at least a 90 percent loss, if not a total loss," Beckman said.

Initial reports, which proved to be inaccurate, had indicated that hoarding conditions may have contributed to the blaze.

In fact, family members had been in the process of packing up the belongings of the longtime resident of the house after that person passed away, Beckman said.

"So objects are put in places that [are] not normal living space. … So that may have given the impression it was a pack-rat condition," he said. "I don't consider it as such."

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. An arson investigator from the Burbank Fire Department was at the scene.

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