Firefighters contain house fire on 24th Place in Hermosa Beach

Contractor Tony Cabe is updated by a Los Angeles County firefighter. Cabe rushed to the house to offer help when the fires started. Photos by Kevin Cody

A split-level, mid-century home in the 700 block of 24th Place in Hermosa Beach, just west of Pacific Coast High, caught fire at about 8 a.m. this morning (Thursday, July 1). Los Angeles County Firefighters, from the Pier Avenue station in Hermosa, quickly contained the fire. Neighboring homes were not visibly damaged. 

Homeowner Michael Deng expresses his appreciation to Los Angles County Fire Captain Ernie Lopez.

Owner Michael Deng said he and his wife and child were away when the fire started. He said it appeared to have started in the kitchen, and that he thought the house would have to be torn down.

Firefighters ripped holes in the roof and the west side of the house to extinguish the fire.

Tony Cabes, a contractor building a house two doors to the west of the burning house, said the windows blew out just as he reached the front door. 

“I was going to go in and try to stop it, but it was too hot,” he said. 

Pacific Coast Highway, southbound, between Artesia Boulevard on the north and 21st Street on the south, was closed until about 10:30 a.m. ER

Los Angeles County firefighters rip the roof of the burning home’s garage.

Two hours after the fire started, firefighters were still working to fully extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire had not been determined.

Pacific Coast Highway, southbound, Between Artesia Boulevard on the north and 21st Street on the south, was closed until about 10:30 a.m. ER


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