Authorities Clear Smoking Hermosa Beach Apartment Building

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Police and firefighters cleared the scene of an apartment building that was emitting smoke in Hermosa Beach on Monday.

The Playa Pacifica Apartments, on the 400 block of Herondo Street in Hermosa Beach, are seen in a Google Maps Street View image from November 2017.
The Playa Pacifica Apartments, on the 400 block of Herondo Street in Hermosa Beach, are seen in a Google Maps Street View image from November 2017.

Although police had originally advised that a man armed with a gun was inside the Playa Pacifica Apartments on the 400 block of Herondo Street, officials did not say any man was found.

It appears a tenant in the building was “suffering from a psychiatric condition induced by possible drug use” and sparked the fire himself, then told authorities of an armed man who was actually not there, a Hermosa Beach police official told the Daily Breeze.

Area residents had been advised to stay indoors but the neighborhood has since been deemed safe, Hermosa Beach city officials said in an alert.

Los Angeles County firefighters said the building had only been showing light smoke and did not say it was well involved, though the extent of the damage was unclear.

Police and fire officials have not released any further information about the incident.

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