Orange County Fire Rescue responded to an apartment fire Sunday night on Lake Fountain Drive at the Marbella Lakes Apartments. No injuries were reported, but three residents were displaced, and the Red Cross was called in to assist.
"I saw smoke and right next door, firefighters," said Pahlua Moua, an evacuated renter. She said she lives right next door to the unit that caught fire.
While fire officials said two apartment smoke alarms went off, the building alarm did not go off. The 911 caller reporting the fire was reportedly told to pull it, but it is unclear tonight, if the individual was unable to do so or if the alarm is not functioning properly.
"Hopefully, everything is going to be okay," said Chris Chang, another displaced renter.
Heavy smoke had been reported at the apartment complex. Firefighters reportedly on scene four minutes after they were dispatched at 6:01 p.m. The fire was reportedly out at 6:22 p.m.
"The fire was between the floors. [We] responded quickly, cut a hole in the floor, and put the fire out," said Victoria Quick, Battalion Chief for Orange County Fire Rescue.
Quick said the fire initially spread from a second floor unit. The top floor unit was unoccupied at the time, and the unit on the first floor was vacant.
"We are from New Jersey, so, we have nobody else," said Moua, who was concerned she would not be able to return to her apartment.
One resident sought assistance through the Red Cross.
Two units were damaged. The state fire marshal is investigating.