Fire destroys abandoned house used as party place for California teens

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WALNUT CREEK, CA – In one California town, it was movie fiction becoming real life.

An abandoned house went up in flames early Sunday morning, about two hours after Contra Costa County sheriff's deputies broke up a party attended by at least 100 teenagers.

“To be honest, it looks like a Project X scene on the way it's happened here, so it's pretty bad,” said Karan Singh, who lives near the scene.

Project X is the name of a 2012 movie about a teen birthday party that gets way out of hand and ends up destroying most of the neighborhood.

The house has been vacant since the homeowner died last year. Fire investigators say teens have been using the vacant house for the past six months, adding that it’s a good think the fire didn’t happen in the summer.

"It could have resulted in burning embers landing on all the vegetation you see around here,” said Capt. George Laing of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District

Arson investigators say the fire did about $750,000 in damage.

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