Fire Damages Santa Monica High Rise Apartment

CITY OF SANTA MONICA | FIRE DEPARTMENT BILL WALKER, FIRE CHIEF 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 12, 2019

Captain Patrick Nulty, PIO
Santa Monica Fire Department
424-280-6400
patrick.nulty@smgov.net

SANTA MONICA, CA – On Monday February 11th, 2019 at 7:15 p.m. Santa Monica Fire Engine 2
responded to the Shores Apartments at 2800 Neilson Way to investigate a fire alarm activation. Upon
their arrival firefighters discovered smoke billowing from an apartment balcony on the 10th floor of the
17-story high rise building. Additional resources were immediately requested, bringing in all Santa
Monica Fire resources as well as aid from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters worked to
extinguish the flames, which fortunately were kept from spreading to the common hallway of the
building thanks to an activated fire sprinkler head.

A challenging component to this high-rise fire incident was keeping the dozens of impacted residents
safe and out of harm’s way. Firefighters used a combination of sheltering occupants in place until the
fire was brought under control, as well as systematically evacuating those who could be, safely out of the
building.

Thanks to a functioning fire alarm and fire sprinkler system, residents were alerted to begin evacuating
immediately and the fire was kept from spreading. It took 33 Firefighters approximately 19 minutes to
suppress the flames, which were confined to the kitchen and living area. There was extensive water
damage to several units below the fire from the fire sprinkler. No injuries to residents or first responders
were reported. The resident of the apartment where the fire occurred was not home at the time of the
fire, and was displaced as a result of the damage. Firefighters were assisted by the Santa Monica Police
Department as well as the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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