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Firefighters Extinguish Blaze at Vacant Santa Monica Home


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By Lookout Staff

March 26, 2017 -- Firefighters extinguished a blaze that consumed a vacant Santa Monica home near Montana Avenue last week, fire officials said Monday.

The fire began shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday at 918 22nd Street.

Twenty-eight firefighters responded to the scene, with the first Engine Company arriving 5 minutes and 28 after the fire was reported at 8:56 p.m., Fire Department officials said.

"Firefighters mounted an aggressive interior attack on the fire and simultaneously searched for victims that may have been trapped inside," said department spokesman Capt. Patrick Nulty.

"Fortunately, none were found," he said.

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It took firefighters 19 minutes to extinguish the flames, which "consumed a majority of the structure and came dangerously close to a neighboring home," Nulty said.

"The house had been unoccupied for some time, so no one was displaced by the fire," he said.

One firefighter was injured during the incident and treated at the scene, Nulty said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

It is the second residential fire in Santa Monica this month.

On March 3, Santa Monica Firefighters extinguished a "massive" fire that broke out in a condominium complex in Ocean Park ("Fire Erupts at Condominium Complex in Santa Monica," March 5, 2018).

The fire caused extensive damage to four of the three-story units and smoke and water damage to a fifth, Fire Department officials said.

Five occupants were displaced and the building was “'red tagged' due to the heavy compromise of the structural integrity," officials said.



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