PALMDALE – Thick plumes of smoke in the skies and flames coming through a roadside fence attracted a crowd of onlookers in a Palmdale neighborhood late Thursday afternoon.
But the show didn’t last long. It took about 50 firefighters just 20 minutes to contain the wind-driven blaze, authorities said.
The fire was reported around 4:48 p.m., Thursday in the 900 Block of East Avenue Q-4.
“Responding units described a small grass fire that was presenting a threat to a single family dwelling that was close by,” said L.A. County Fire Inspector Tony Imbrenda. “This developed into an outdoor fire.”
“Because of the wind that we had it did spread to the eucalyptus [trees] and to a couple of the outbuildings,” said Los Angeles County Fire Captain Jessica Post, adding that winds were approximately 10 to 15 miles an hour when firefighters arrived on scene.
The fire destroyed the two outbuildings, but firefighters were able to contain the blaze before it spread to any of the homes in the neighborhood, Post said.
“There were two single story family dwellings that were damaged very minimally on the outside, but nothing on the inside of the structures,” Post said.
There no damage to any permanent structures, and there were no injuries to civilians or firefighters, Post said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.