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Blaze Ravages Lake Forest Home

No one was injured in a fire that severely damaged a home on Midcrest Drive today. Firefighters continue to monitor hot spots.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Orange County firefighters were still on the scene of an extinguished Midcrest Drive blaze making sure all the hot spots were out and the home wouldn't re-ignite.

"It took about 30 minutes to knock the fire down," said OCFA Capt. Marc Stone at about 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. "It was a good, aggressive attack that kept the fire from spreading to other homes. They're doing an extended overhaul operation -- they'll be there for quite some time."

Although an investigation is in progress, Stone indicated the fire appeared to have begun in the garage. No one was home at the time of the fire.

Dispatchers received the call from the neighborhood around 21601 Midcrest Drive in Lake Forest at 10:40 a.m., Stone said. Firefighters initially on the scene found flames bursting from the garage, "lapping up into the second floor and breaching the attic," he said.

Some 45 firefighters initially responded to quench the flames in the two-alarm fire, Stone said. The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

No one was injured in the blaze, but firefighters were still searching for a missing dog and cat, Stone said.

Compassion January 25, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Apparently the kitty was found under a bed in a room that wasn't in flames. He must have had Devine protection, as flames and smoke consumed the garage and upstairs bedroom before the fire department arrived. Bangs and explosive sounds from the garage sent me to my front window. The visual was shocking and horrifying. May God bless our wonderful neighbors in this time of loss and sorrow. You will continue to be in my prayers.
JustUs January 25, 2013 at 06:36 PM
God bless that little kitty, Compassion. I would love to buy her (him) a salmon fillet for dinner. Do you know who is taking care of the kitty? Is there someway I could get a salmon fillet to them to cook for the kitty? I am quite serious. That poor kitty must have been terrified and my heart goes out to it and it's owners.
Neighbor January 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM
I agree, the media tend to focus on the negative. They should also mention the heroic efforts of ordinary citizens. I'm just very proud that people like that live in my neighborhood. Lord knows we need more people like that in this world.
Neighbor January 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Thanks for the update Compassion. Awwww, the poor kitty. I'm just so relieved to hear the kitty found a good place to hide and was able to survive this tragedy. It was a good thing no one was home when this happened, but then it was so sad to see the homeowner showing up and seeing his house in flames. And of course, it always rains right after a fire. I don't think the rain these past 2 days are helping the situation.
Neighbor January 25, 2013 at 10:59 PM
True true, JustUs. The feeling must be gut-wrenching. I can only hope and pray their most valuable belongings, the ones that's irreplaceable, like old family pictures, heirlooms, keepsakes, etc. escaped the fire.

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