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UPDATED: SCV deputies pull woman from burning condo

Propane barbecue under investigation as possible cause

Posted: September 30, 2013 8:47 a.m.
Updated: September 30, 2013 8:47 a.m.

Four people were injured in a condominium fire in Canyon Country early Monday morning. Rick McClure/For The Signal

Four people, including two sheriff’s deputies and a firefighter, were injured in a condominium complex fire in Canyon Country early Monday.

SANTA CLARITA - All four, including two deputies who ran into the burning complex to save the woman inside, were treated at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, according to reports. The deputies suffered from smoke inhalation.

Conditions of the other two who were treated were not available, and the woman’s name was not released.

The fire was on Claudette Street between Golden Triangle Road and Rue Crevier.

“When deputies arrived they saw a building fully involved,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “Deputies evacuated residents as Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel arrived on scene.”

One of the deputies who ran into the burning building reported, “The fire was in the living room and balcony, and I could see a female trapped in the back bedroom area. We had to run into the apartment and get her outside,” Dubin said.

“About 30 seconds later we could hear a propane tank explode. It was intense. We are glad everyone is OK.”

The fire was reported shortly before 2:45 a.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Bernard Peters.

“Smoke was seen a mile away,” Peters said. “It was reported to us as fire in the condos.”

It took until 6:15 a.m. for firefighters to completely knock down the fire.

Investigators, however, remained at the scene until 7 a.m. looking into reports that propane tanks may have played in part in fueling the fire, Peters said.

Notices were sent by the management company to condo residents in April telling them to remove propane tanks from their balconies and to stop barbecuing with propane, said one resident who asked that her name not be published.

“When somebody tells me it’s dangerous, I listen. The notice explicitly told people what to do,” she said, adding the fire early Monday jolted her from her sleep.

“I saw these huge flames,” she said. “Had the winds picked up we would have all been gone.”

Sheriff’s Department Arson/Explosives Detail detectives responded to the scene, Dubin said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Unconfirmed reports indicated that one cat was rescued from the burning building.
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