A Santa Monica man was displaced from his home after a fire broke out at his one-bedroom apartment on Ninth Street Monday, January 19th, fire officials said.
Approximately 30 Santa Monica Fire Department firefighters were called at 1:40 p.m. to a two-story apartment complex at 1423 Ninth St. in Santa Monica, where they saw smoke coming from a second-floor unit, Santa Monica fire spokesman Capt. Brad Graham said.
Tenants used garden hoses to help douse the flames before fire units arrived at the scene, according to the American Red Cross Santa Monica chapter. Firefighters extinguished the blaze after it was contained to the one-bedroom unit.
A resident of the apartment was displaced but was not injured, fire officials said. No other injuries were reported.
The Santa Monica Red Cross chapter made arrangements with a local hotel to provide accommodations for the resident, said Mark Solnick, director of emergency preparedness for the chapter. The agency also issued a Red Cross client assistance emergency debit card to help the resident replace personal items such as shoes and clothing, as well as to buy food and other short-term needs, Solnick said.
The apartment unit sustained smoke and fire damage from the blaze but the total damage cost has not yet been determined, Graham said. No other apartments in the complex were damaged.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.