LA brushfire extinguished, no casualties

Jan. 10, 2012 at 2:52 PM

RANCHOS PALOS VERDES, Calif., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A brush fire burned dangerously close to homes in the Ranchos Palos Verdes area before being put out by Los Angeles County firefighters, police said.

Firefighters had the blaze, which broke out about 7 p.m. Monday, 100 percent under control by midnight, the Los Angeles Times reported. Water drops were used to contain the flames while ground crews cut a fire line around the perimeter.

At one point, the fire edged close to area homes, though 3 mph southerly winds helped to gradually push the flames toward the ocean.

The cause of the 30-acre fire had not been determined but a report of a transformer explosion was being investigated as a possible cause.

"The power flicked off … . We saw a big blue flash," area resident Chris Mack told KTLA-TV, Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times reported there were no injuries and no evacuations.

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