A fire at a three-story apartment building on Ocean Front Walk in Venice Wednesday, November 30th, caused $35,000 in damage and temporarily displaced 48 residents, Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) officials said.
No one was injured in the fire, which was apparently caused by an electrical short from a steam table, city fire officials said.
About 65 firefighters, including ten companies of Los Angeles city firefighters and one City of Santa Monica Fire Department fire engine, responded to the structure fire at 4:20 p.m. at 503 Ocean Front Walk, Venice.
Three Los Angeles city fire department rescue ambulances and one arson unit were also called to the scene.
The first units on the scene reported that the three-story center-hallway apartment building had “smoke showing from the third floor,” Los Angeles city fire spokesman Jim Wells said.
Firefighters were unable to immediately determine the source of the smoke during the initial investigation, Wells said.
In order to locate the source of the fire, firefighters opened vertical walls, pulled ceilings, used a thermal imaging camera and cut an exploratory hole in the roof, he said.
“It was during the roof operation that firefighters discovered a fire burning in the attic,” Wells said.
Firefighters attacked the fire using hand lines and extinguished it in 37 minutes, he said.
The total damage is estimated at $35,000, including $30,000 to the structure and $5,000 to contents.
The American Red Cross was requested to assist with the temporary placement of the 48 residents who were displaced as a result of the fire, Wells said.