Nearly a dozen cars were damaged after a carport at an apartment complex burned early Monday morning in Pasadena.
Apartment residents and neighbors left their homes last night for safety, and to watch the blaze that broke out just after 4 a.m. Four cars were totaled and another seven were damaged, according to the Pasadena Fire Department.
One neighbor, Josue Muro, saw the fire when it started. "I heard a couple of pops. And the Mercedes, … the engine was on fire," Muro said. He tried to put out the flames with an extinguisher before it spread.
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"Eventually it just started spreading and there was more popping so they told us to get across the street, and before you know it the whole thing was on fire," he added.
Another neighbor, Laura Rodriguez, was woken up when her neighbors pounded on her door to come outside in case the fire were to spread.
Photos from early AM carport fire at Colorado & Parkwood. 11 vehicles damaged, 4 totaled. Cause under investigation. pic.twitter.com/ieIGaKcNrA— Pasadena Fire Dept. (@PasadenaFD) August 1, 2016
"It was huge," Rodriguez said. "It was already big and it looked like it engulfed a whole car. We ... didn’t know if they were going to start exploding one after another or something."
Firefighters are trying to determine the cause of the fire, focusing on the older-model Mercedes where the fire seems to have started.
No one was injured, and no homes were damaged.