Indio apartment fire leaves two without home

Neighbor says child was playing with lighter

Two people displaced after apartment fire in Indio

INDIO, Calif. - Two adults have been displaced after an apartment fire in Indio.

The fire was reported at an apartment on the 81000 block of Shadow Palms Avenue at around 5:45 pm and caused $65,000 in damage, according to Cal Fire Riverside County.

The single story, multi-family dwelling showed heavy smoke, with fire showing from a single unit.

Witnesses told CBS Local 2/KESQ that the unit was occupied by a disabled woman, who was watching her 5-year-old nephew.

"She said the child was in the room and she got a hold of a lighter and he started the fire," said Sara Barraza.  "By the time she realized there was a lot of smoke, so she got herself out as best as she could."

A puppy was taken to the vet with burns on its feet, but other occupants were otherwise physically unharmed.

The fire was contained shortly after 6:10 pm, Cal Fire confirmed.

The Red Cross was on scene to help the two people displaced by the fire.


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