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Laguna Niguel fire: 'Coastal Fire' torches homes, evacuations ordered for parts of OC

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LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. - A massive fire engulfed more than a dozen multimillion-dollar mansions near the Laguna Niguel area Wednesday.Fire officials said Thursday morning that crews worked through the night in the canyon and in the neighborhoods.

The fire dubbed the "Coastal Fire," has now burned 199 acres, with no containment percentage available and no cause having been determined.Officials said at least 20 homes were destroyed by the blaze.RELATED: More than a dozen homes destroyed, damaged as wildfire spreads through Orange CountyOne firefighter was injured on Wednesday and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

The firefighter's current condition is unknown.Officials said they are working to put a local state of emergency order in effect to aid in the firefighting efforts.While the cause of the fire is under investigation, officials with Southern California Edison confirmed that "information reflects circuit activity occurring close in time to the reported time of the fire.""Our thoughts are with the community members whose homes have been damaged and those who were evacuated because of the Coastal Fire, and we are coordinating with fire agencies as needed to ensure firefighter safety," said SCE spokesman David Song. "We submitted an initial Electric Safety Incident Report to the California Public Utilities Commission.

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