No Pipe Bombs Found At Rosemead Apartment Building Fire

ROSEMEAD (CNS) - Fire ripped through a Rosemead apartment building today, damaging at least three units, and crews fighting the blaze feared there might be explosive devices inside.

From Hal Eisner:

It's late afternoon and suddenly, in Rosemead, firefighters are called to a fire at a big apartment complex. To resident Kevin Fox, it looked like the building near him was "completely engulfed."

He told us "It was pretty scary because it was so close and very hot."

At first, because there were explosions heard there was suspicion pipe bombs might have been involved.

That was quickly ruled out, but arson investigators were brought to the scene.

LA County Fire Captain Brian Jordan says "Firefighters were actually fighting the fire when they heard an explosion and thought it was a pipe bomb but decide it wasn't." What they didn't know was if the buildings had a common attic so, until they were certain people could be in them safely, they asked over 150 residents to leave.

By 10pm, all were returned to their apartments except those who live in three units.

The fire remains under investigation.

Earlier Today:

County fire crews responded around 4 p.m. to the building at 4265 Walnut Grove Ave., according to Inspector Rick Flores. Initial reports indicated there was an explosion in one of the units, Flores said.

Fire officials said some suspicious devices were found inside the building, but none were believed to be pipe bombs, as was initially feared.

Arson detectives were investigating the cause of the blaze. Other residents were evacuated from the structure while crews battled the blaze. One firefighter suffered minor burn injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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