Santa Monica and Los Angeles firefighters battled a blaze at an apartment building on Centinela Avenue in Santa Monica Monday afternoon, April 28th, that damaged several units and spread to a neighboring building, damaging additional apartment units, fire and Red Cross officials said.
No one was injured in the fire, which broke out at an apartment building at 1725 Centinela Ave. at 12:38 p.m., Santa Monica Fire Department Capt. Scott Ziegert said.
Firefighters rescued a small dog from the second floor of the building and administered oxygen to it, Ziegert said. The dog’s owner later took the animal to a veterinarian.
Four Santa Monica fire engine companies, one truck company and one rescue ambulance were initially called to the scene. Los Angeles firefighters were also called for assistance. Santa Monica police and community service officers assisted with traffic and crowd control.
When firefighters first arrived at the scene they saw large amounts of fire coming from a ground-level apartment and the unit just above it, Ziegert said. Firefighters extinguished the blaze in 15 minutes.
The two apartment units suffered severe fire and smoke damage and several adjacent units suffered heavy smoke damage, he said.
After firefighters discovered that the initial fire had spread to the roof of a neighboring apartment building at 1733 Centinela Ave., they quickly evacuated the tenants. The small fire was extinguished within minutes, Ziegert said.
The tenants were allowed to return to their apartments after the building was examined and found to be safe. Three apartments received extensive smoke damage and some fire damage in the second blaze, Red Cross Santa Monica chapter officials said.
The Santa Monica Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire and the estimated damage to the structures.
The Santa Monica Red Cross chapter is providing temporary housing at a motel for four residents of the building at 1725 Centinela Ave., as well as housing for two tenants of the building at 1733 Centinela, officials said.
The chapter provided 20 hot meals to victims of the fire and public safety and fire personnel, said Mark Solnick, chapter director of preparedness and response. Red Cross workers also provided canteen service for police and firefighters at the scene.