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By Lookout Staff

December 15, 2017 -- A fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon in a six-unit condominium building in Santa Monica's Ocean Park Neighborhood has displaced all of the building's residents, Fire Department officials said.

Firefighters responding to the scene at 4:49 p.m. found an "active fire" on the first floor of the three-story town-home complex at 425 Marine Street near the Venice border, officials said.

Firefighters, who arrived at the scene in 4 minutes and 23 seconds, "aggressively fought back the flames and were able to confine and extinguish the fire before it could extend to the upper floors or adjacent units," said Fire Capt. Patrick Nulty.

The unit where the fire broke out -- which like the others contains two floors and a loft area -- was being remodeled and was unoccupied, Nulty said.

Neighbors evacuated unharmed, he said.

The fire damaged the building's electrical feed, making it imposible to immediately restore power, officials said.

"Unfortunately, the residents of all six units of the complex will be displaced for an unknown amount of time," Nulty said.

A total of 29 firefighters were at the scene of the fire, which took 15 minutes to extinguish, officials said.

Santa Monica Police assisted with traffic and crowd control. There were no injuries reported to residents or first responders.

The cause is still under investigation, Nulty said.


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