A three-alarm fire that displaced families living in 18 units of a Magna condominium complex has been blamed on embers from an apparently untended barbecue grill.
Unified Fire Capt. Fitzgerald Petersen said the fire began at 6:52 p.m. Monday on the deck of a third-floor, west unit of the Copper Tree Condos, near 8000 West and 3400 South. Flames quickly spread to an adjoining unit.
Two units were destroyed and four others, below, sustained significant water and smoke damage. A damage estimate was still being assessed on Tuesday.