Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Santa Ana winds Sunday caused a fire that started in the garage of a fourplex apartment building in the unincorporated Midway City area near Westminster to spread to an adjacent duplex, where a family of eight was displaced, authorities said.

No injuries were reported as a result of what became a two-alarm fire that was reported at 3:50 p.m. in the 14800 block of Adams Street, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

The first-arriving units encountered a garage well-involved in fire, he said.

The flames, fanned by howling Santa Ana winds, spread into an apartment in the duplex, displacing two adults and six children, Concialdi said.

About 50 firefighters from the OCFA and the Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Garden Grove fire department’s got the flames under control by 4:25 p.m. Some were expected to remain on scene a while conducting overhaul operations, the captain said.

The Red Cross was assisting the displaced family.

The garage of the fourplex sustained heavy damage and the building’s apartment had smoke damage, Concialdi said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately apparent.

–City News Service

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