Water heater causes apartment fire in Canyon Country
Firefighters extinguish a second story fire caused by a water heater in Canyon Country on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal
By Ryan Painter
Saturday, October 21st, 2017

UPDATE 1:46 p.m.

The structure fire that ignited a two-story apartment in Canyon Country was knocked down by the Los Angeles County Fire Department at 12:59 p.m. on Saturday.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, confirmed LACFD Supervisor Melanie Flores.

Firefighters strategize on how to best clean up the debris left behind by a fire in Canyon Country on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

The fire was initially reported around 11:34 a.m. at an apartment complex off Jakes Way in Canyon Country.

Flores confirmed that the fire was in fact started by a water heater, as initially suspected.

Firefighters grab the necessary gear to knockdown a fire at an apartment building in Firefighters strategize on how to best clean up the debris left behind by a fire in Canyon Country on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

Originally localized to the apartment’s second floor balcony, the fire eventually spread to the first floor of the unit. The extent of the damage, however, still remains unknown.

As the blaze began to die down, LACFD units were diverted from the apartment complex up Sierra Highway to combat another structure fire – dubbed the Blake IC fire.

Deputies from the Santa Clartia Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene to provide logistical support; however, neither road closures nor evacuations were deemed necessary, said Lt. Chuck Becerra of the SCV Station.

Becerra reiterated that nobody was injured during the incident.

Firefighters clear the debris from a second story apartment fire in Canyon Country on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/The Signal.

 

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UPDATE 12:14 p.m.

A water heater caught a two-story apartment on fire around 11:34 a.m. Saturday off Jakes Way in Canyon Country.

“It is a two-story apartment house and the water heater closet is on fire,” said Supervisor Melanie Flores of the LA County Fire Department.

The fire was initially reported on the balcony of the second floor, but has spread to the first floor of the complex, Flores confirmed.

Around 11:55 a.m. the  blaze was upgraded to a second alarm fire, meaning an additional five units were requested.

Flores confirmed that there have been no injuries at this time.

More information will be made available as this story develops.

 

About the author

Ryan Painter

Ryan Painter

Ryan Painter joined The Signal as a staff writer in June 2017, covering breaking news and community features on the weekends. He graduated from West Ranch High School in 2016 and currently studies Political Science at USC.

Firefighters extinguish a second story fire caused by a water heater in Canyon Country on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

Water heater causes apartment fire in Canyon Country

UPDATE 1:46 p.m.

The structure fire that ignited a two-story apartment in Canyon Country was knocked down by the Los Angeles County Fire Department at 12:59 p.m. on Saturday.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, confirmed LACFD Supervisor Melanie Flores.

Firefighters strategize on how to best clean up the debris left behind by a fire in Canyon Country on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

The fire was initially reported around 11:34 a.m. at an apartment complex off Jakes Way in Canyon Country.

Flores confirmed that the fire was in fact started by a water heater, as initially suspected.

Firefighters grab the necessary gear to knockdown a fire at an apartment building in Firefighters strategize on how to best clean up the debris left behind by a fire in Canyon Country on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/ The Signal

Originally localized to the apartment’s second floor balcony, the fire eventually spread to the first floor of the unit. The extent of the damage, however, still remains unknown.

As the blaze began to die down, LACFD units were diverted from the apartment complex up Sierra Highway to combat another structure fire – dubbed the Blake IC fire.

Deputies from the Santa Clartia Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene to provide logistical support; however, neither road closures nor evacuations were deemed necessary, said Lt. Chuck Becerra of the SCV Station.

Becerra reiterated that nobody was injured during the incident.

Firefighters clear the debris from a second story apartment fire in Canyon Country on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. Christian Monterrosa/The Signal.

 

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UPDATE 12:14 p.m.

A water heater caught a two-story apartment on fire around 11:34 a.m. Saturday off Jakes Way in Canyon Country.

“It is a two-story apartment house and the water heater closet is on fire,” said Supervisor Melanie Flores of the LA County Fire Department.

The fire was initially reported on the balcony of the second floor, but has spread to the first floor of the complex, Flores confirmed.

Around 11:55 a.m. the  blaze was upgraded to a second alarm fire, meaning an additional five units were requested.

Flores confirmed that there have been no injuries at this time.

More information will be made available as this story develops.

 

About the author

Ryan Painter

Ryan Painter

Ryan Painter joined The Signal as a staff writer in June 2017, covering breaking news and community features on the weekends. He graduated from West Ranch High School in 2016 and currently studies Political Science at USC.