Firefighters battle massive blaze after flames engulf La Verne home, nearby brush

LA VERNE, Calif. (KABC) -- Firefighters were working to extinguish massive flames that fully engulfed a house in La Verne and ignited nearby brush Monday night.

The blaze broke out shortly after 6:30 p.m. in the 4000 block of Live Oak Canyon, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. About 14 homes in the area were evacuated, though damages were contained to one home.

Though flames spread to nearby brush, firefighters said the lack of wind played a big part in stopping its rapid growth.

"We were able to get in front of the fire and keep it from progressing. That was the important thing because had we had the wind component behind there, it could've been been a different story," acting Assistant Chief Jesse Vela.

However, the National Weather Services says the region is in store for strong Santa Ana winds by mid-week, heightening fire danger concerns.

No injuries were reported.

Residents reported hearing explosions before the fire erupted but the cause of the blaze remained under investigation.
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