2 killed, 1 critically injured after fire breaks out at California boarding home
Pasadena, CA, United States (4E) – Two men died and another was critically wounded when a fire destroyed a two-story residence in Pasadena, California early Thursday morning, 16 others have been displaced.
Authorities reported the fire occurred along El Sereno Avenue, north of Washington Boulevard after an explosion around 2:00 a.m.
Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said the cause of the explosion has not been determined.
Derderian added the dead men seemed in their 50s or 60s while the badly burned man was in his 60s. All three appeared to reside in the boarding facility.
According to reports, firefighters discovered heavy smoke and flames coming from the residence when they arrived. Several men, who were able to escape the blaze, informed officials that others might still be inside.
Responders found the two deceased males and a third adult male, who was taken to a burn center in critical condition.
The American Red Cross assisted the 16 displaced residents and brought them to the Jackie Robinson Center in N. Fair Oaks Avenue.
Pasadena police detectives, who are investigating the incident, have declared the home a crime scene.