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Early Morning Fire at Temple City Residence

by Jo Anne Disney

Temple City

Just before 5:00 a.m. on June 18th, the 5700 block of Cloverly Avenue in Temple City was awakened from the sounds of large trucks and flashing lights. A residential home was on fire. There were fire trucks from Temple City and El Monte fighting the blaze along with a standby ambulance and paramedics. Apparently, the owner of the home awoke to the strong smell of smoke and once opening the door saw flames. He immediately closed the door and ran outside with his dog and called 911. It appears the fire started from a faulty air conditioning unit, but the cause has not yet been determined. The inside of the structure was severely damaged from the intense heat. The fire crews worked as a team and did an outstanding job putting out the blaze.
I spoke to one of the firefighters and asked him what homeowners should do when they go on vacation to help ensure the safety of their homes. He suggested that they make sure all of their appliances are in good working order. Also, it would be a good idea to unplug everything that is not in use to avoid any possible problems.

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