LANCASTER – Officials are investigating the cause of an early morning blaze that destroyed a Lancaster home and displaced a family of 14.
Los Angeles County Fire Department captain Edward Johnson said firefighters responded about 2:53 a.m. Tuesday, July 14, to a fire at a single-family dwelling on the 44200 block of Carolside Avenue in Lancaster.
“Upon our arrival, [there was] smoke and fire showing through the doors [and] all windows to the front of the house,” Johnson said. “Four engines and one truck provided a quick, coordinated attack… We were able to extinguish this fire within six minutes.”
The fire captain said 14 people lived inside the home, and at least one person was injured in the fire.
“One of the residents was burned to the arm [and] slightly to the face,” Johnson said. “He refused medical treatment.”
The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the family, Johnson said. The family includes six children and eight adults, neighbors at the scene said.
Investigators have not yet determined what caused the fire, Inspector David Dantic said Tuesday afternoon.
The family believes the fire was possibly caused by the home’s air conditioning unit, one of the residents said at the scene.
The incident remains under investigation.