News in Briefs Compiled by Gary Walker
Del Rey Fire Under Investigation
Los Angeles Fire Dept. arson investigators are looking into the cause of a large fire at a three-story building in Del Rey near the Culver City border.
Nearly 100 firefighters responded to 11869 Teale St. just before 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 19 and discovered a fire burning in the building’s top floor. The flames spread rapidly to the attic and the second floor before firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze in just less than two hours, according to the LAFD.
The building, located in what is known as the Mesmer Triangle, is occupied by Innovation Line, a promotional products supplier.
LAFD spokesman Erik Scott said no one was injured and the extent of property damage is unknown.
Body Found in Ballona Creek
L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. homicide investigators are still searching for clues following the grisly Sunday night discovery of a body floating near a rock jetty in Ballona Creek.
A lifeguard spotted the still unidentified remains at about 7 p.m. near the 6100 block of the Ballona Creek Bicycle Path, somewhere between the Ballona Creek Bridge and the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center.
Detectives haven’t yet publicly determined whether the dead person may have been murdered or how long the body was in the water.
“We have no further updates at this time. Homicide detectives are awaiting the autopsy [results],” Sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.
A coroner’s office investigator said the victim is listed as a “John Doe” and could not confirm the condition of the body.
Playa Vista Gets a Big Blue Bus
In response to the rapid pace of development in Playa Vista, the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus line has extended its Centinela Avenue route to serve the booming neighborhood.
With the recent opening of restaurants and retail stores in Runway at Playa Vista, new housing coming online and the increasing tech-industry workforce there, Playa Vista — designed so residents wouldn’t have to rely so much on their cars — was ripe for bus service, Santa Monica Big Blue Bus spokeswoman Suja Lowenthal said.
“With Playa Vista filling in business tenants and residential homes and apartments, we realized that it was not being served by a bus route. It’s not often that in our region we see a development that can create both business and residential tenants,” she said.
Lowenthal said Big Blue Bus had received requests for Playa Vista bus service earlier this year from both Playa Vista and Santa Monica residents.