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Three-alarm fire hits Park Newport apartments on windy Wednesday evening

Fire Files apartment fire

Photo by Jaril Tudio

At 8:29 p.m. on a blustery Wednesday evening (Feb. 2), the Newport Beach Fire Department was dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Park Newport Apartment complex at Jamboree and San Joaquin Hills roads. NBFD initially responded with six engines.

While en route, the call was upgraded to a second alarm fire requesting additional Newport engines, along with support from Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA).

Upon arrival, it was observed that the fire involved multiple units on multiple floors and it was possibly burning through the roof. A third alarm was requested adding additional apparatus from OCFA and Costa Mesa.

Initial crews were able to contain the fire and stop progress with exterior hose lines. Other crews were able to get hose lines in place from the interior on the third and fourth floors to attack and extinguish the fire from the inside. 

The fire was knocked down in about 15 minutes from time of dispatch and fully extinguished in about 30 minutes. Crews remained on scene for an additional two hours completing overhaul.

A total of 21 units ended up responding, including 61 personnel from Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and OCFA. 

Newport Beach Police Department Officers and Supervisors were also on scene assisting with traffic and crowd control.

It was determined that the fire originated from a second-floor apartment and extended up to two units on the third floor and two units on the fourth floor. A total of six units were damaged by the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and there were no injuries reported of occupants or responders.

The fire was located in the 1200 Building of Park Newport.