CARSON (CBS) — Fire and arson investigators Friday are trying to determine what caused a massive blaze that destroyed an apartment complex under construction in Carson.

The fire began around 5 p.m. Thursday at the future site of Renaissance at City Center in the 21000 block of Avalon Boulevard, Los Angeles County fire officials said.

It took nearly three hours for firefighters to knock down the flames, but not before they damaged 10 mobile homes adjacent to the construction site.

The fire forced the evacuation of 200 people in the mobile home park.

“I looked out and saw the flames shooting really, really high and the heat was so intense, and I thought I needed to go” said evacuee Pat Bruggeman.

Officials have designated the site as a crime scene. The fire caused $3 million in damage, investigators said.

As of Friday morning, fire officials have not reopened the mobile home park. Temporary shelter is being provided by the Red Cross.

Comments (4)
  1. k says:

    The FBI and DEA fabricate evidence, steal from suspects and use murder to close those bad cases.
    At the corner of Calaveras and N. Park Victoria in Milpitas California two corrupt DEA allmost caused the death of an elderly lady while they where harrassing a suspect.
    The elderly lady was crossing the street about 15 yards ahead of the suspect’s car that was going west bound on Calaveras after having just pulled out of the Shell station. One of the DEA in the bus stop near the Shell station tried to gain the attention of the suspect thereby almost causing the car to hit the elderly lady. The other DEA was at the Shell station.
    They have also recently, on several occasions, entered my home while I was not there so that they can get better access to my vehicle and loosen steering linkages, remove wheel weights, tamper with breaks, tamper with transmission linkages, etc… Every time I detect that they have entered my home, my dog looks like he is not feeling well. Why take my insolence out on a dog?
    They are also shooting BB guns at my car while driving. One instance they shot a BB gun at my car in a very busy intersection of highways 680&101 while I was traveling 55+ mph.
    They have been harrassing me for 20 years.
    The DEA is part of the problem and not solution. Apart from being the proxy force for the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) and the NSA, they have been a failure since Nixon’s inception. The DEA could benefit from a large buget cut and employee rift to remove the corrupt ones.

    1. Tom says:

      Sounds like a case of schizophrenia paranoia. Why would they target you? Why would they go to all that trouble just to nab you? Sounds like you are doing something illegal or you need to be on medication. Maybe both.

    2. steve gaylord says:

      Are you high, what kind of drugs are you using. this has nothing to do with the above story, you need to get to a medical clinic Asap. Lol

    3. icecream says:

      Hey Nut Case,
      Your hall pass has expired. It’s time for you to return to your padded cell so you can continue staring out the little window and arguing with yourself..

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