TOPANGA CANYON—On Saturday, July 18, a two-alarm fire, possibly caused by lightning, destroyed a two-story Topanga home.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to an initial alarm from the 1100 block of Old Topanga Canyon Road at 3:09 p.m. At 3:21 p.m., more LAFD personnel responded to a second alarm, making the blaze into a “two-alarm” fire.
A total of eight engines were present at the scene, battling the blaze for about an hour. According to fire officials, the fire consumed most of the Topanga home before firefighters on the scene declared the fire “knocked down,” or sufficiently reduced, at 4:15 p.m.
Investigators were unable to determine the cause of the fire. There have been multiple reports of lightning strikes in the area. Lightning has been responsible for the closure of beaches in the area.
No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, but damages are estimated to be around $1.5 million.