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  • Tour Bus Catches on Fire in Front of SMC, Santa Monica Fire Department Extinguishes the Blaze

    Matthew Gonzales, Observer Staff Writer|Jul 1, 2024

    Just before noon on Friday, Santa Monica Fire received multiple calls about a commercial tour bus on fire near the intersection of 18th and Pico Boulevard across the street from Santa Monica College. When firefighters arrived, they observed a fully involved bus possibly extending into the nearby Subway restaurant. The units on the scene requested additional resources as a precaution for structure protection. The fire did not extend into the Subway. All bus occupants had evacuated when...

  • Firemen put out a car fire in the parking lot underneath the Marriott Hotel, an SMFD spokesman said Friday. Photo by Matthew Gonzalez

    Matthew Gonzales, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 26, 2024

    Firemen put out a car fire in the parking lot underneath the Marriott Hotel, an SMFD spokesman said Friday. Photo by Matthew Gonzalez "Santa Monica Fire and Police responded to reports of a vehicle fire in the underground parking structure of the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. It's unknown how the fire started and it is currently under active investigation. There were no extension to any of the hotel rooms or any reported injuries. The hotel was evacuated as a precaution. " The fire occurred on...

  • Code 3 Incident Declared Just South of the Santa Monica Pier After "Beach Brawl"

    Matthew Gonzales, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 8, 2023

    19: A large number of Santa Monica Police gathered Thursday just South of the Santa Monica Pier. A "Code 3 Incident" was declared at 5:30 pm, after a beach brawl got out of control. Two men were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon (Cal. Penal Code §245). The SMPD stopped the combatants from fighting. There was also an auto accident involving a lifeguard vehicle and a pedestrian. However, that would not be considered a "Code 3 Incident." The Santa Monica Pier is a common locus of...