Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Updated at 6:15 a.m., Jan, 28, 2015

A fire broke out at a home in El Monte Wednesday and spread to a neighboring residence, resulting in about $400,000 in damage and injuring one person, authorities said.

The blaze, which may have started in a vehicle parked in a driveway, was reported at 3:09 a.m. and spread to a single-family dwelling at 3911 Arden Dr., said Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Miguel Ornelas. It was knocked down at 3:48 a.m., he said.

About two dozen people were displaced by the fire, authorities said. One person was injured, said county fire Inspector Rick Flores. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

County fire Battalion Chief Dave Thies told CBS2 News that the flames spread from the front house to the neighboring structure and then to an attached garage behind the first home.

“Basically, you have four families living here in these three structures,” Thies told CBS2.

Inspectors will have to determine if people would be allowed to return to their homes, authorities said.

—City News Service

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