A family was temporarily displaced when a fire broke out at their Santa Monica apartment Saturday, Jan. 29, according to the American Red Cross of Santa Monica.
One teenager was treated for injuries at a local hospital after jumping from the second floor apartment and an adult was not injured in the fire, a Santa Monica Red Cross spokesman said.
Santa Monica firefighters were called at 8:40 a.m. to a five-unit multi-family dwelling in the 800 block of Pearl Street in the Sunset Park area of Santa Monica, where a fire was reported in a top-floor apartment.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
After the apartment unit was rendered uninhabitable due to water and smoke damage, the Santa Monica Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) was called to provide emergency assistance for the victims by securing temporary housing and offering relief aid as needed, the Red Cross spokesman said.
The Red Cross arranged for housing at a local motor inn until Feb. 1 and a client assistance debit card with funds for food and other immediate necessities was issued to the family. The chapter has also offered to provide additional relocation help and counseling services to the family as needed, the spokesperson noted.
Chapter DAT members are trained volunteers who are available 24/7 to respond to emergency calls and to render service to disaster victims. The Santa Monica Red Cross responds to numerous house and apartment fire calls and other requests for emergency support throughout the year.