A pair of firefighters were in the midst of paramedic rescue training, traversing parts of the city on Tuesday morning when they noticed a fire coming from the north end of Fremont Avenue just past the Metro light rail tracks.
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“We have a new paramedic and he was learning the city (with another member of the fire department) when they saw the fire,” explained SPFD Captain Kris Saxon. “The new firefighter was learning his way around, getting to know the streets. They saw the fire and called it in to dispatch.”
When they did, not only did South Pasadena Fire Department officials take quick action in responding to the scene at Fremont Avenue and Ozmun Court, but so did units from San Marino, Alhambra, and Pasadena, which quickly got into position to put out a massive carport fire behind the South Pasadena residence.
Soon after the fire started at about 10:40 a.m. smoke could be seen from all parts of the city and miles beyond. Attacking the blaze from the front and back, firefighters knocked it down in about 15 minutes, according to Saxon.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by San Marino fire officials.
Members of the South Pasadena Police Department were busy directing traffic along Fremont Ave. while firefighters fought the blaze.
Look for future updates on the fire here on SouthPasadenan.com