Two tenants were treated for smoke inhalation and a firefighter received minor burns in a fire that broke out at an apartment complex in the Pico Neighborhood of Santa Monica early August 29th, damaging four units, fire and Red Cross officials said.

Approximately 25 Santa Monica firefighters were called at 5:12 a.m. to a two-story apartment building at 1943 20th St., north of Pico Boulevard, where one unit on the second floor was well involved with fire, Santa Monica Fire Department Capt. Brad Graham said.

Firefighters made an aggressive, coordinated interior attack on the blaze and extinguished the fire in 15 minutes, Graham said.

Two tenants were treated at the scene by paramedics for smoke inhalation, with one of them transported to a local hospital for further care, he said. One Santa Monica firefighter who sustained minor burns to his knee while battling the fire was treated and released, Graham said.

The apartment unit involved suffered major damage to the structure and contents, while three adjacent units received smoke damage due to having a common attic, Santa Monica fire and Red Cross officials said. One of the adjacent units also received water damage and had a collapsed interior wall, but the tenant was not injured, a Red Cross spokesman said.

All four units were determined to be uninhabitable by a city building and safety inspector, according to the Red Cross. The cause of the fire and estimated cost of the damage are under investigation.

The Santa Monica Red Cross chapter provided temporary housing for five of the complex tenants at two local inns through September 1st. The victims received Red Cross debit cards to purchase food, clothing, medications and other personal needs. They were also offered counseling and Red Cross support services as needed, the agency spokesman said.

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