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UPDATE: Firefighters knock down house fire

Family displaced by blaze

Posted: July 31, 2012 3:02 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2012 7:26 p.m.

Firefighters control a fire in a two-story home on the 26300 block of Larkhaven Place in Canyon Country late Monday night.

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A family was displaced Tuesday after fire gutted their Canyon Country home.

Firefighters were dispatched at 11:43 p.m. Monday to the home at Larkhaven Place near Fairgate Avenue, said a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

It took until 3:18 a.m. Tuesday to douse the fire, which broke out in an upstairs bathroom. The home was fully involved in flames, fire officials said.

But for homeowner Amelia Ponce, who safely escaped the blaze with her family, everything that matters was preserved.

“My main concern is my kids,” Ponce said Tuesday in the middle of a room littered with pieces of plaster and blackened bits of wood.

As she reflected on the fire, repairmen worked around her, boarding up broken windows, pulling down hanging tiles.
The fire destroyed the bathroom, two adjacent bedrooms, the ceiling, the roof, and much of the main floor due to water damage, Ponce said.

Home at the time of the fire were Ponce’s son, his wife and their two daughters.

“They’re all fine and that’s all that matters,” Ponce said.

“When the fire started I was at my mother’s in Mission Hills,” she said. “My son called me right away and I came from Mission Hills.”

Members of the young family managed to make it out of the house as flames began shooting through the roof.

“They were looking at the palm trees,” Ponce said, referring to concerns firefighters expressed about several trees, including palms, near the house.

The subdivision — situated between Sierra Highway and Highway 14 — is one of the Santa Clarita Valley’s older neighborhoods with scores of old trees throughout.

Firefighters battled the blaze for more than three hours.

No one was reported hurt, and the cause of the fire was under investigation Tuesday.




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