A fire in a tri-level Playa del Rey home in the 100 block of Waterview Street near Vista del Mar began at approximately 7:50 p.m. Monday, March 7th, causing $300,000 in damage, said Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells.

The resident was not injured, but a Los Angeles City Fire Department firefighter who injured his ankle was treated at the scene and released, Wells said.

Wells estimated $200,000 in damage to the structure and $100,000 damage to the contents.

Los Angeles City Fire Department Assistant Chief Roxanne Bercik from Division 2 “C” Platoon at the West Slauson Station said nine engine companies, three battalion commanders, one assistant chief, two rescue vehicles and one emergency medical service captain were at the scene.

Wells said entry into the bedroom, where the fire began, was difficult because books and other items were stored in the hallway, and a great deal of smoke was building up in the room.

Firefighters had to climb on the roof and knock a hole into the roof to provide ventilation.

Resident Louise Giovannoni said she was in her bedroom on the second floor in the rear of the home when she smelled smoke.

She attempted to use her telephone to call 9-1-1, but the phone wasn’t working, and she had to run across the street to a neighbor to ask him to place the call.

Giovannoni said she was grateful for the prompt response by the fire department because the damage could have been more extensive.

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