Garden Grove

12 Residents Displaced Following Apartment Complex Fire

The three-alarm fire began in one of the apartment units and spread to another, fire officials said.

A three-alarm apartment fire burned several units and forced at least 45 people to evacuate an apartment complex in Orange County on Tuesday evening. 

Firefighters responded to a fire on the 9700 block of Bixby Avenue in Garden Grove Tuesday around 8:30 p.m., officials said. 

A kitchen fire in one of the second floor units at the Malabar Apartments spread to another unit. The woman cooking dinner was home with her two small children. They stepped on the balcony for a moment and when they turned around, they saw a large glow coming from the kitchen. 

The family managed to get out safely, but the entire building had to be evacuated. 

The fire was under control within 31 minutes, according to the Garden Grove Fire Department. 

There were no injuries and no rescues needed. 

Three apartment units were determined "uninhabitable," fire officials said. 

Damage was estimated at $500,000 to the structure and $150,000 to contents.

The Red Cross is now assisting 12 people — six adults and six children — who are unable to return home due to the fire. 

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