The Northwest Fire District responded to the Villa's at Montebella, 1777 W. Orange Grove to find a single unit with smoke and flames from the bedroom window. Crews made an aggressive interior attack on the fire after arriving within four minutes of the call, which kept the fire from spreading to the remaining eight units in the building.
The fire was brought under control within 13 minutes of the arrival of the first engine company. There were 30 firefighters manning three engine companies, two ladder companies, a heavy rescue company as well as a rescue transport unit, and several support apparatus. The Golder Ranch Fire District under an automatic aid response made sent an engine and ladder company as part of the response.
This aid program allows the closest units to respond to a fire or medical emergency no matter which jurisdiction the call originates in. This response is a larger number of units than a residential fire because of the size of the structure and the potential for a large fire and a large number of victims throughout the building.
The sole occupant, a female, was home alone when the fire broke out. She returned to the bedroom where she found the fire and was able to get herself and pets out safely.
No other injuries from those that were evacuated or firefighters was reported.
The apartment complex management put the occupant and a roommate in a motel for the night.
The Northwest Fire Community Assistance Program team (CAP for Community Assistance Program) was on the scene to assist the women with additional needs after the fire.
The cause of the fire is from a clip-on lamp that fell onto the bed while on. The fire is accidental. No damage estimates were available.