NEWPORT BEACH — The cause of a two-alarm fire in a Newport Beach apartment complex is still under investigation after flames and smoke plumed from a unit that no one was in Thursday night.
The fire started at about 5:42 p.m. in a Palm Mesa apartment, at 1561 Mesa Drive. Neighbors fought the blaze until firefighters arrived. They extinguished the fire at 6:20 p.m.
Residents said they saw black smoke pluming from the front and rear of the apartment, the heat so intense that its windows shattered.