By Mary O’KEEFE
On Thursday, June 7, the Glendale Fire Dept. received a call at about 1:30 p.m. concerning an apartment fire at a complex in the 3100 block of Montrose Avenue. The fire concerned apartments that were accessible in the 4100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.
When firefighters arrived, a lower level apartment was fully engulfed in flames. The fire, which began on the bottom floor, traveled to the second and third floor apartments. No other apartments were affected. The fire also damaged a shed directly behind the first floor unit.
One person was transported to a hospital due to smoke inhalation. The Foothill (210) Freeway, both eastbound exit and entrance at Pennsylvania Avenue, were open; however, the westbound 210 Pennsylvania exit and entrance were closed while firefighters worked to contain the flames.
Burbank and Los Angeles County fire departments assisted GFD. The apartment contains over 60 units. The fire was knocked down in 22 minutes.
The fire also resulted in downed power lines and a gas leak from a broken pipe behind the apartment unit, which added to the complexity of this incident. Southern California Edison reported on scene and safeguarded the lines as the Glendale Police Dept. maintained a secure perimeter during the duration of the incident.
The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation by the Glendale Fire Dept., according to GFD.