Several families were forced out of their homes Wednesday evening after a large fire caused substantial damage to three Garrison Crossing homes.
The blaze, in the 45000 block of Tamihi Way, began in a two-storey townhouse unit. It was beginning to spread to the adjoining units when firefighters arrived around 5 p.m.
Firefighters knocked down the blaze, but not before three of the units sustained substantial fire, smoke and water damage.
One firefighter sustained a minor injury when debris fell on her neck and back, fire chief Ian Josephson said in a press release.
No one was home when the fire started.
Emergency Social Services provided emergency accommodations and food for several adults and children.
Josephson also said "a number" of pet lizards survived the fire. Several family cats remain unaccounted for.
The cause of the fire is considered accidental.
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