Investigators Suspect Arson in California Fire

December 6, 2011

Investigators believe arson was the cause of a fire that nearly destroyed a house in Pasadena before spreading to vegetation along a nearby freeway.

Lisa Derderian of the Pasadena Fire Department says Saturday’s blaze caused some $800,000 worth of damage to the large two-story home.

Three adults in the house escaped without injury and are being sheltered Sunday by the Red Cross.

Derderian says investigators are looking into whether a fire along the 210 Freeway was started by embers from the burning house, or if it was sparked separately.

Crews had the flames knocked down 20 minutes after their arrival.

A firefighter was treated at a hospital after injuring his wrist in a fall while fighting the blaze.

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