Santa Monica Family Escapes Fast Moving Structure Fire


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City of Santa Monica NEWS


November 30, 2017

Contact Captain Patrick Nulty, PIO
              Santa Monica Fire Department


On the morning of Thursday, November 30th, 2017, at 2:05 a.m. the Santa Monica Public Safety Communications Center
received multiple calls reporting a structure fire at 302 Ashland Ave, in the Ocean Park community of Santa Monica, CA.
Fire Department units arrived 4 minutes 31 seconds after the initial 911 call and found a 3 story apartment complex with
heavy amounts of fire coming from the second and third floors.

Santa Monica Firefighters aggressively fought back the flames and performed a search of the apartment units. Due to the
amount of fire and the complexity of the apartment building, a “2nd Alarm” was requested for additional assistance from
the Los Angeles Fire Department. The unit of origin was occupied by a family of 4 when the fire broke out. Fortunately,
the family awoke to the smell of smoke and the sounding of smoke alarms and quickly escaped without injury.

The fire was brought under control in 30 minutes, and confined to the apartment unit of origin which consisted of a 2 story
open floor plan occupying the 2nd and 3rd floor of the building. Only minor smoke and water damage affected one adjacent
unit within the 12 unit building. One family was displaced and there were no injuries reported to the occupants or first responders.

A total of 42 Firefighters were on scene along with the Santa Monica Police Department and the American Red Cross.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.



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