Firefighters Knock Down Blaze at Apartment Building in Santa Monica

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Onlookers stand across the street from a fire at an apartment building in Santa Monica on Thursday, May 15, 2014. (Credit: Jenna Reck)

Firefighters extinguished a fire that broke out Thursday night at an apartment building in Santa Monica, authorities said. One person was injured.


Firefighters attacked a blaze that broke out at an apartment complex in Santa Monica on Thursday, May 16, 2014. (Credit: Jenna Reck)

Santa Monica Fire Department personnel responded at 10:46 p.m. to reports of an explosion and fire in the 800 block of 2nd Street (map), near the Oceana Beach Club Hotel, according to a news release. The firefighters arrived to find heavy flames and smoke emanating from a third-floor apartment.

Forty-two firefighters knocked down the blaze in less than 45 minutes, with limited damage to the structure, the release said.

One civilian suffered an unknown injury, the Fire Department said. No firefighters were hurt.

Witnesses reported seeing a large explosion from an adjacent transformer prior to the fire.

The cause of the incident was under investigation.

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