Following reports of smoke coming from the roof of a structure in the 2000 block of La France Avenue, fire department officials knocked down a fire in minutes after fielding a call at about 2:15 p.m. on Monday.

Joining the South Pasadena Fire Department at the scene were units from Alhambra and Pasadena.

According to Battalion Chief Eric Zanteson, fire officials found a fire in the attic. “It turned out to be smoke coming from a converted living quarters in the attic of the second story of what would normally be a single-family residence,” he said, noting that firefighters “made quick work of applying water to the second story area and extinguished the flames.”

Battalion Chief Eric Zanteson

Firefighters opened up the roof “to allow the heat to get out while crews on the exterior extinguished the fire,” Zanteson explained, saying that there were no injuries as no one was inside of the home at the time of the fire.

The battalion chief said flames were not visible from the exterior, only heavy smoke.

Zanteson said the loss is unknown. An investigator was on the scene to determine the cause of fire.

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