A ferocious fire tore through a construction site and the surrounding buildings on December 1st, in Upland, a suburb of Los Angeles. Fire crews say "radiant heat and exposed lumber" sparked the blaze. They didn’t clarify the radiant heat source.
According to the San Bernadino Fire Department, the blaze began in a large, under-construction apartment complex just after 6:30 am. The city sent more than 60 firefighters, 15 fire engines, and five additional trucks to combat the fire.
Emergency personnel helped residents to evacuate a second large apartment building, also damaged by the fire. Many evacuees stood out in the cold morning air for an extended time before getting dressed for the day.
In addition to the second apartment complex, flames reached the attic of a nearby business. In total, the fire damaged or destroyed eight buildings, including six under construction, one occupied apartment, and a small business.
The city credits fire crews for saving an additional twelve threatened structures.
Twenty-five residents remain displaced, cared for by the Red Cross. One firefighter suffered minor injuries. He received treatment at a hospital.
The fire department said, "No damage estimates are available, but the losses are significant."
A summary of total damage from the December 1st Los Angeles fire remains in flux until authorities can complete an investigation.