Gavin Newsom is investigating a deadly fire that burned through a residential neighborhood in Southern California’s coastal city of Malibu, officials said.
More: A firefighter was injured during the fire that tore through the neighborhood of Malboura, and several people were treated for smoke inhalation, Los Angeles fire chief Steve Rios said at a news conference Friday.
The fire was burning on a street named Malbouchas in Malibu and was being controlled by a group of residents who live in the area, Rios added.
The Los Angeles Fire Department said one firefighter was treated and released after being treated for a smoke inhalant on Thursday.
Firefighters battling the blaze were searching for a suspect in connection with the fire, Rio said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was also assisting in the investigation, Rias said.
The fire was started in a house on the street.
No injuries were reported in the blaze.
The Malboulas neighborhood is a working-class community where many residents live in single-family homes, Riesos said.
Neighbors in the neighborhood were evacuated, he added.
Residents had gathered in the streets outside the Malboudas house and some had been ordered to stay inside.
Rios said the fire was the largest blaze in Malboubas history and that the fire started in the backyard of the home.
Malbousas residents were encouraged to stay away from the neighborhood as it was difficult to determine the cause of the fire at this time, Roesos said, adding that the blaze was not likely to cause any significant damage to the community.
Riesos noted that the Malbay neighborhood is one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and that many of the homes that burned in the fire were built around the Malbonias.
Residents in Malbay had been asking authorities to search for a man who allegedly threw an item into the backyard, Rielos said in the statement.
The suspect had a previous run-in with the MalBouchas Fire Department in 2014.
Rielos added that a police officer was at the Malbouras fire station Thursday night helping to investigate the fire.
A police officer who is working with the Los Angeles Police Department is assisting Malboughas Fire and Rescue to assist in the ongoing investigation, he said.
Rielas said that the man who threw the item was a Malboutas resident who was not identified.
The city of Los Angeles was in the process of assessing the extent of the damage caused by the fire and the number of people who were injured, Rides said.
A total of about 1,300 residents were evacuated from Malbouras neighborhood.
The CalFire said that an investigation was underway, but no additional information could be released Friday.
Authorities say at least 50 homes and a school in Malbonia were damaged.
Malbay Mayor Mark Wahlberg issued a statement on Friday saying that the city of the town is grateful to the firefighters and the first responders.
We are grateful to everyone who was able to stay safe and provide aid to our citizens, Mayor Wahlbom said.
Malboura residents will be given a second chance to return to their neighborhood.