A 63-year-old man suffered smoke inhalation after a fire broke out in a three-story apartment building in Marina del Rey Sunday night, July 6th, fire officials said.

Approximately 35 Los Angeles County firefighters were called at 10:02 p.m. to the Villa del Mar apartments at 13929 Marquesas Way, Marina del Rey, where a fire had broken out in a first-floor unit, county fire department inspector Sam Padilla said. Los Angeles city firefighters were also called to the scene for assistance.

Firefighters received reports of windows being blown out at the building and initially saw smoke coming from the roof, Padilla said. The affected building was evacuated during the incident.

Firefighters attacked the blaze from the inside hallways to push the flames out, Padilla said. The smoke “lapped from window to window,” damaging units on higher floors, he said.

Firefighters contained the fire to a first-floor unit and fully extinguished the blaze in about an hour.

A man who suffered smoke inhalation was treated by paramedics at the scene but was not taken to a hospital, Padilla said. No other injuries were reported.

Cynthia Eller, a Villa del Mar resident, said the assistant manager at the complex and people on nearby boats initially took action, using hoses to spray water on the flames until fire units arrived.

“It was really an effort by everybody to try and help the situation,” said Eller, who commended firefighters on their efforts.

Tenants were allowed back in to their apartment at about 12:30 a.m., she said.

A first-floor unit sustained total damage from the fire, while two other units on the second and third floors received smoke damage, Padilla said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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