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Apartment Fire Displaces 10-20 Residents

A transformer explosion sparked the flames. A woman suffers smoke inhalation.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A woman suffered smoke inhalation in a fire in a Santa Monica apartment building caused by a transformer explosion, authorities said today.

The transformer exploded in an alley by the 800 block of Second Street in Santa Monica around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Santa Monica Fire Department Deputy Chief Tom Clemo said.

At least one apartment was destroyed by fire, with the rest of the building's third floor off-limits for the rest of the night, Clemo said.

As many as 50 people were evacuated with between 10 to 20 likely needing alternative housing, Clemo said.

--City News Service


mimi May 16, 2014 at 12:08 PM
On Ocean & Montana. Time Warner cable went down and still not back up at 9 am on Friday. The surrounding neighborhood is still heavy with smoke.
Penny Arévalo May 16, 2014 at 01:06 PM
I had put together photos for you, but was having widget problems. See them here: https://storify.com/9496333638/santa-monica-apartment-fire
Mike E. May 16, 2014 at 03:05 PM
It was a very impressive response from fire and police. In addition to SMFD which was dealing with the fire, and SMPD which was controlling street access from 4 points, I counted six LAFD fire engines and crews standing by on 2nd Street in the event of need.
Lola Terrell May 16, 2014 at 09:53 PM
My friend lived in the apt that burned. just found out. glad to hear the authorities responded quickly. He is okay but his home and belongings destroyed.

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