So Pas Apartment Blaze Brings Out Massive Response

The apartment fire resulted in a full response by firefighters that closed down a main road in South Pasadena. Photo by Steve Whitmore

More than 20 firefighters from various departments responded to a fire in a South Pasadena apartment complex just before 6:30 p.m. last Thursday, Feb. 21.

A floor heater caught on fire and spread underneath the floorboards of the apartment at 1429 Monterey Rd., according to fire officials. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in about 20 minutes, said So Pas Capt. Dan Dunn. The fire’s cause is under investigation.

About 22 firefighters from Pasadena, Alhambra, and San Marino assisted So Pas Fire in fighting the blaze. No one was injured in the fire. The occupants of the home were already outside when firefighters arrived on scene. Two cats survived the ordeal. 

Dunn estimated that there was $5,000 damage to the structure and $10,000 to the home’s contents.

Three fire engines, three fire trucks, two ambulances and two battalion chiefs responded to the fire, which caused the closure of Monterey Road between Fair Oaks and Fremont avenues.

“We were dispatched to the 1400 block of Monterey Road with reference to the smell of smoke coming from an apartment complex,” said So Pas Police Corp. Avick Manukian, who was standing guard at about 6:45 p.m. Thursday, in the middle of Monterey Road between Fair Oaks and Fremont avenues. Police shut down Monterey Road between the two streets to allow the numerous fire engines to work the fire. 

“When we arrived, we saw smoke, and then the fire department arrived and opened the door and smoke escaped from the dwelling,” Manukian said.

Monterey Road between Fair Oaks and Fremont avenues was closed to through traffic in both directions until just before 8 p.m.