What initially was believed to be a major fire turned out to not really be much at all, according to South Pasadena Fire Chief Paul Riddle.
After the call came in just before 7 p.m. last Saturday night, firefighters rushed to a residence at 499 Monterey Road between Concetta Way and Indiana Avenue.
“We responded to what was reported as a structure fire at that location,” explained Riddle. “The first arriving engine did not report any smoke showing. The homeowner reported there was a fire confined to the inside of the chimney.”
Riddle said his department “did what we do,” adding, “We did a full investigation. We had a Pasadena [Fire Department] truck company ladder the roof to make sure there was no fire in the attic.”
Ultimately, Riddle explained, “It was kind of a flash fire in the flue of the chimney where it had built up over the years.”
Riddle said the flash fire went out on its own and there was no damage to the house.
Joining South Pasadena and Pasadena units was a fire truck from Alhambra. Riddle explained he ladder trucks from Pasadena and Alhambra are equipped with 100-foot ladders to put fire department personnel on a roof.
No injuries were reported.