Fire Engulfs 4-Story Apartment Building, Destroys 10 Mobile Homes

CARSON (CBS) — Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at a four-story Carson apartment building that was under construction Thursday evening.

The flames spread to several nearby structures and reportedly destroyed at least 10 mobile homes adjacent to the property.

The building, located at 21828 S. Avalon Boulevard, is a total loss.

In addition to the ten destroyed units, five more sustained some damage.

Burning embers  ignited structures several blocks downwind from the original fire.

No injuries have been reported.

About 100 firefighters are on scene battling the flames.

Inspector Matt Levesque tells CBS2  a home-to-home evacuation has been ordered. He said firefighters are aided in the fact that many of the roofs of the mobile homes are made of materials that won’t burn.

Flames and smoke were visible for miles.

Water was pumped on the fire from as far as a block away in many different directions.

Drivers were warned to avoid traveling on S. Avalon Boulevard, where possible.

Michael Page, of the Carson Community Center, said 100 people have been evacuated into the Center. His building is 300 yards away from the fire and he said, “I could feel the heat of the fire from across the street.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire was first reported about 5 p.m. Thursday.

Juan Fernandez, reporting for KCAL9 and CBS2, says arson investigators are on scene.

He also said, officials estimate the damage to the apartment building at around $3.1 million and $600,000 for the mobile home park.

Also, for the time being, even mobile home structures not damaged in the mobile home park will be uninhabitable as they will be without lights or electricity for the foreseeable future.

  • c

    Every moible home park has an Evacuation Plan. Your coverage is nearly 100% on the EMPTY Building! Why aren’t you showing the miobile home park, which is very likely all senior citizens? Every one of those is a Double Wide, which means that there are at least 2 bedrooms!

  • Lawone

    God I LOVE all the people that lost their homes in Carson, I DON’T CARE about the City having to PAY for it all because of ALL the money their stealing from us from the SHOULD BE ILLEAGAL red curbs from THEIR PARKING PLAN to make curbs red or LEAVE them red when the parking in Carson is rediculas. Disable people have to deal with Police pulling guns on us for sitting in our car looking at baby pics of a new born, they pull up to KINDLY help us with their guns half drawn, while telling us THEIR protecting US??? PAY UP MAY of CARSON…PAY like you MAKE US PAY, what goes around comes around. I KNOW they’ll be backlash from this, I’m USE to it. When you put our name of email here, the police can and WILL get our address from OUR EMAILs and continue their harrasment, but I’m gonna leave mine ANYWAY because this harrasment is NOTHING NEW

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  • wgaf

    This fire spread faster than the burn traveling from my labia to my anus.

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