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Child Starts Palm Desert Fire With Matches

The blaze in two apartments was reported at 8:19 p.m. Saturday in the 77700 block of Country Club Drive.

A child playing with matches was blamed for a fire that damaged two apartment units in Palm Desert and displaced 11 residents Saturday, officials said.

The blaze was reported at 8:19 p.m. Saturday in the 77700 block of Country Club Drive, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County fire information officer Melody Hendrickson.

It took 23 firefighters less than 20 minutes to stop the fire's forward progress but they remained on scene to ensure there were no hotspots, officials said.

The blaze began in a downstairs unit and spread to an upstairs apartment, Hendrickson wrote in a news release.

Eight of those displaced were temporarily put out of their homes, Hendrickson said.

Red Cross went to the scene to assist the residents, she added.

Damage was estimated at $150,000, with $1.5 million in property and contents saved, Hendrickson said.

gdogncbd2 December 26, 2012 at 09:10 AM
sounds like no smoke detectors,because they should have known long before it damaged the place that severe if there was working somke detectors to warn people of this. i bet thats the last time that kid plays with matches,all kids are interested in things like that when young,but they dont realize just how serious it can get,and in just a small time frame to where it can be deadly or injure people.

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