By Justin Swanson | NB Indy
Newport Beach fire crews, with assistance from the Costa Mesa Fire Department, put out a nascent fire at a residence in the 400 block of Aliso Avenue on Wednesday.
Fire Investigator Brett Sutherland said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Three residents in the home smelled smoke, though they could not immediately trace its source, according to NB Fire Department. They followed the heat emanating from a second story back room of the house. The warmth of the flames could be felt through the wall.
When the fire department arrived, they found the fire burning above the ceiling between the second story and a patio deck.
The fire took about 20 minutes to extinguish.
“It could have spread, but we put a quick stop to it,” Sutherland said. “The fire could have been a lot bigger.”
Overall, however, Sutherland said it was a small fire.
Sutherland estimates the fire affected about 200 square feet of the home. Damage to the structure is $50,000, while damage to contents of the home is $15,000.
No one was injured in the incident.