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News, Fire Department, Santa Monica, Fire

Fire Destroys Apartment, Injures 1

Posted May. 16, 2014, 7:54 am

City News Service

A woman suffered smoke inhalation in a fire in a Santa Monica apartment building caused by a transformer explosion, authorities said today.

The transformer exploded in an alley by the 800 block of Second Street in Santa Monica around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Santa Monica Fire Dept. Deputy Chief Tom Clemo said.

At least one apartment was destroyed by fire, with the rest of the building’s third floor off-limits for the rest of the night, Clemo said.

As many as 50 people were evacuated with 10 to 20 likely needing alternative housing, Clemo said.

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