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Unattended Lighted Candle Sparks Fire in Talega

The burning candle was left alone in a second-floor bathroom, where the fire originated.

An unattended lighted candle sparked a fire that tore through a San Clemente home today, fire officials said.

The single-family structure fire was reported at 12:47 p.m. in the 60th block of Via Regalo, Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority said.

The burning candle was left alone in a second-floor bathroom, where the fire originated, Concialdi said.

The house had a sprinkler system that helped contain the flames until 40 firefighters arrived and put it out by 1:09 p.m., Concialdi said.

There was an estimated $50,000 in structural damage and $30,000 in content loss, he said.

No injuries were reported and it's unknown whether someone was home at the time, according to Concialdi, who said there was a similar fire about a week ago in San Clemente in 28800 block of Via de Luna that also originated from an unattended lighted candle.     A 3-year-old suffered smoke inhalation in that blaze, Concialdi said.

"Orange County Fire wants to stress that if you light a candle, never leave it unattended," Concialdi said. "If you're going to leave the room where it's lit, we strongly recommend you blow them out."

--City News Service


Margie Harmon June 23, 2014 at 02:09 AM
Spell check?
Diane Hennessy June 23, 2014 at 09:37 AM
I'll remember to put my camera out...
Penny Arévalo June 23, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Lol! Sorry about that guys! As I dug up the candle photo, I'm trying to remember which of my three kids asked for my camera. That's a doozy alright.
KarmaKing June 23, 2014 at 11:21 AM
I appreciate that our good firefighters want to take a conservative approach to prevent a house fire from becoming something much larger, but to have 40 respond seems excessive. That has to be well more than are on duty at any given time for the entire City of San Clemente.

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