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By Lookout Staff

April 19, 2022 -- Firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze that broke out in an apartment building in the Pico Neighborhood shortly before midnight Monday.

It took crews responding to a call at 11:50 p.m. 6 minutes and 5 seconds to arrive at the fire reported on the 1900 block of 17th Street, Fire Department officials said.

Pico Neighborhood apartment fire
Pico Neighborhood apartment fire (Courtesy SMFD)

The crews "found a 2 story multi-unit apartment building with fire in a unit on the first floor," said Santa Monica Fire Captain Patrick Nulty.

"Firefighters rapidly attacked the blaze while searching for occupants," Nulty said. "The occupants of the apartment escaped and were uninjured."

Due to a "quick response and aggressive suppression effort," the fire was contained to the single unit and the rest of the building was spared, he said.

The occupants of the fire unit, along with those in three adjoining apartment units were displaced overnight, Nulty said.

SMFD Investigators have determined the fire to be “unintentional” in nature, he said.

It took 27 Firefighters to extinguish the blaze, which resulted in no injuries to first responders, Nulty said.

Assisting agencies included Santa Monica Police, Santa Monica Building & Safety and McCormick Ambulance.

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