- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

WEST COVINA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a fire in an eastern Los Angeles suburb has destroyed two vacant homes but about a dozen nearby homes were saved.

The fire was reported shortly after 3 p.m. Monday in West Covina.

Fire Capt. Cory Cisneros says arriving firefighters saw the vacant homes and surrounding brush in flames. He says the fire spread to backyards in the neighborhood.

About 100 firefighters aided by aircraft fought the blaze for nearly 2 ½ hours.

Cisneros says the blaze burned about an acre of land. The destroyed homes were valued at around $350,000.

There’s no word on what started the fire.

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