1 killed, 2 hurt in Malibu fire that spread from house to nearby brush


MALIBU — One person was killed and two others were seriously injured in connection with a second-alarm fire Sunday in Malibu that started out as a house fire and spread to nearby brush, charring a little under 4 acres.

The house fire was reported at 3:34 a.m. in the 2100 block of Rambla Pacifico, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatcher Nicole Larios.

By about 5:30 a.m., officials said firefighters had stopped forward progress of the flames. They reached 100% containment of the fire at 5:49 a.m.

The flames spread to surrounding brush and a half-acre grew to about 4 acres, Larios said. At the height of the fire, more than 200 firefighters were on the scene.

The flames moved downhill, pushed by northeast winds of 10-15 mph and threatened some nearby structures, fire officials said. Residents were urged to prepare for potential evacuations that turned out not to be needed.

No further information about the death or the two injuries was immediately available. No firefighters injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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