Pasadena Residents Flee Apartment Fire By Jumping Out Window

PASADENA ( — Two residential fires Monday displaced at least 18 people and injured four in Pasadena.

The first blaze was reported at 1:30 a.m. in a 5,000-square foot home in the 1200 block of Racheros Road at Linda Vista Avenue near the Rose Bowl, officials said.

The fire was upgraded to a second-alarm because the area’s narrow roads and the size of the home, according to spokeswoman Linda Derderian.

Three adults inside the residence were able to escape without injury. The blaze caused approximately $150,000 in damages.

The second fire was reported about an hour later in a two-story building in the 200 block of Penn Street.

Steps to the second floor caught fire, trapping two families in separate units. The parents dropped their children out of windows to neighbors waiting below. The two couples then jumped approximately 20 feet to the ground below.

“They literally jumped out the second-story window. Four of the residents were transported to a local hospital with minor injures, arm injuries, leg injuries, as a result of the fall,” Pasadena Fire Department spokesperson Lisa Derderian said.

Two of the residents remained hospitalized as of Monday afternoon.

Fire officials say the building is a total loss and 19 residents were displaced.

Firefighters say the apartment complex was equipped with smoke detectors.

The cause of the fires remain unknown.

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