Four Firefighters Injured in Condo Blaze

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Four firefighters sustained minor injuries Sunday afternoon while battling a blaze at a condominium complex.

The Newport Beach Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire on Odyssey Court at 1:40 p.m. on Sunday. Residents called 911 after discovering the patio on fire and evacuating the premises.

Columnist Dr. Gloria Alkire, a Newport Crest resident, thanks responders here.

Firefighters arriving on the scene found the blaze extending from a unit in a three-story condo complex burning through the walls and into the attic.

“Numerous firefighters aggressively fought the fire for over two hours and were able to limit the damage to three units,” said NBFD spokeswoman Jennifer Schulz.

It was a difficult fire to fight, she added.

The Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach fire departments and the Orange County Fire Authority were all called in to help.

The injured firefighters were treated for burns and heat exhaustion. Three of them, two from Costa Mesa and one from Newport, were treated and released at the scene. Another Newport firefighter was treated and released from Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital.

The fire originated on the balcony of one of the units. The cause of the fire is unknown, but appears to be accidental, according to the fire department.

Approximately $150,000 worth of damage was caused by the blaze.

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