An early morning fire that caused $90,000 worth of damage to two apartments in Del Rey Saturday, Feb. 26 has been attributed to “careless smoking,” Los Angeles fire officials said.

A tenant of the first-floor apartment where the fire broke out reportedly suffered from smoke exposure but he declined transportation to a local hospital, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Forty-two LAFD firefighters were called at 6:44 a.m. to a two-story apartment building at 11621 W. Culver Blvd. in Del Rey, where a “heavy fire” originated in one first-floor unit, Humphrey said.

First-arriving units saw flames coming out of a window in the ground-floor apartment that extended into the bedroom of a second-floor unit, Humphrey said. The firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the second-floor bedroom and the first-floor apartment, which was severely damaged, he said.

The fire was extinguished in approximately 20 minutes. The total damage was estimated at $70,000 to the structure and $20,000 to the contents, Humphrey said.

Two tenants in the unit on the second floor were displaced by the fire and were referred by LAFD to the American Red Cross for placement assistance, he said.

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