A fire that broke out in a detached garage at 1745 Sharon Place on Saturday, November 9 and was responded to by over 25 personnel from multiple fire departments on was determined by investigators to be caused by “carelessly discarded smoking material,” as Fire Chief Mario Rueda reported to the Public Safety Commission on Monday evening. No injuries were reported.
The blaze produced a “large column of black smoke” and was reported by numerous residents around 4:30 p.m. As part of the Verdugo Communications System/Unified Response—which the San Marino Fire Department participates in—the SMFD was joined by fire departments from San Gabriel, Alhambra, Pasadena and L.A. County to battle the flames, which also threatened large trees in the area. The fire was confined within 15 minutes, before it reached the main house and the neighboring homes.
“It extended into the garage and burned the back end of the garage but they were able to keep it from getting into the main house, so it was a good, successful effort and a big hot fire but they put it out,” Rueda told The Tribune.
Rueda shared with the commission that the Verdugo Communications System/Unified Response, an agreement set between San Marino and 10 other regional cities in 2005, allows for the SMFD to tackle large events and simultaneous incidents that would require more additional assistance than the department’s six firefighter/paramedics.
“The San Marino Fire Department would not be able to put that fire out by itself, or if we did, we might put it out two or three houses later, which would not be something we would choose to do,” said Rueda. “Unified Response actually answers some of the difficulties we have as a single resource fire department.”