FULLERTON (CBSLA.com) — More than 50 people were displaced Monday after a four-alarm fire destroyed or heavily damaged 23 units in a Fullerton apartment complex.
The blaze was first reported around 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the three-story building located in the 2700 block of Associated Road.
“It’s gone. I’ve lost everything. I don’t have anything but my purse,” resident Laurice Bobo said.
Investigators determined the fire started in a carport and quickly spread to the apartments above it.
Residents screamed “fire” and knocked on doors to warn neighbors.
“No alarms went off. We grabbed our keys and we leave. We don’t have nothing, no sprinklers. We couldn’t even find the fire extinguishers – they were not there,” Bobo said.
The American Red Cross offered victims clothing, food, water and temporary places to stay.
No residents or pets were injured in the fire, but two firefighters were taken to the hospital after twisting their ankles.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.