Firefighter burned, halfway house badly damaged in Garden Grove fire – Orange County Register

A house fire in Garden Grove on Saturday severely damaged church-run transitional housing and sent an Orange County Fire Authority firefighter to hospital with burns.

The Orange County Fire Authority responded to a structure fire in the 12000 block of Magnolia Street at 12:58 p.m., according to OCFA Fire Captain Sean Doran, who said the cause of the fire is not was not immediately known.

The fire was brought under control within 21 minutes and no one else was injured, Doran said. The firefighter is expected to be discharged from hospital later on Saturday.

No damage estimate was available.

The home was one of several transitional housing sites operated by the Orange County Interfaith Self-Help Program, a local multi-church network providing shelter, meals, counseling and research support jobs for people getting back on their feet, according to its website. .

Our Redeemer Church Garden Grove has operated the Magnolia site for more than two decades, church administrator Patty Erickson said.

Erickson said two of the home’s eight residents were home when the fire broke out, while the others were working or looking for work on the program.

“The most of [the residents] I don’t even know it happened yet,” Erickson said, adding that the church was unaware of the cause of the fire but had been contacted by an arson investigator.

With an OCFA investigation underway, Erickson said the church is focused on finding immediate housing for program members who have been suddenly displaced.

Our Redeemer Garden Grove plans to continue its program and support current and future participants with an alternate setup, according to Erickson.

“It’s such a great program,” she said. “We will definitely continue.”

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