So Pas Apartment Smoke Brings Out Massive Response

Photos courtesy of Steve Whitmore

More than 30 firefighters from various departments responded to the call of smoke in a South Pasadena  apartment complex just before 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

There were no visible signs of flames but fire officials were ensure what caused the smoke to begin with at the home on 1429 Monterey Road.

“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.  There were at least eight fire engines with more than 30 firefighters working the incident.

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

Fire departments from Alhambra, Pasadena, Los Angeles, among others, assisted the So Pas fire department. There were no injuries connected to the fire.

The cause is under investigation and Monterey Road between Fair Oaks and Fremont avenues was expected to be closed to through traffic in both directions for at least another hour or so, fire officials said.

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