Fire Damages 3 Homes, 24 Displaced
Los Angeles County fire officials say 24 people were displaced after a fire damaged three homes in El Monte overnight. The fire erupted around 3 a.m. on the 3900 block of Arden Drive. Investigators say the fire spread from a front home to a converted garage in the back. An adjacent home also suffered extensive damage. It took firefighters about 40 minutes to knock down the flames at the single-story homes. A woman, who was trying to shield her children from the flames, was transported to a local hospital with minor burn injuries.