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Three People and a Dog Jump Into Swimming Pool to Escape Fire at Apartment Tower North of Wilshire

Due to the size of the fire and the potential for Spread, Santa Monica Fire Dept. requested assistance from LA.

A fire in an apartment building at 1011 4th Street burnt an apartment unit on Sunday morning, April 2, 2023. The fire started at about 10:30 am. 3 fire units responded and put out the blaze by 11:15 am PST.

"I saw the fire smoke from my bedroom window - we walked over but there were like 8-9 fire trucks and two paramedics and a ton of police. They wouldn't let us walk down the street - not even the people who live in the neighborhood."

Capt. Patrick Nulty SMFD PIO, issued the following press release: "On Sunday April 2nd, 2023, at 10:39 a.m. multiple 9-1-1 calls were received reporting a structure fire at 1011 4th Street in the Wilmont Neighborhood.

"Upon arrival, Firefighters were met with a well-developed fire within one unit on the first floor of a three-story apartment complex. Firefighters aggressively attacked the fire while simultaneously searching adjacent units to ensure no occupants were trapped."

"Three residents and one dog were forced to jump into the swimming pool to escape the fire prior to the fire departments arrival. Within twenty minutes, the fire was extinguished before it spread to the units above and was confined to the first-floor unit where the fire originated."

"Due to the size and complexity of the apartment complex and the potential for fire spread and trapped occupants, SMFD requested resources from LAFD to assist along with assistance from Santa Monica Public Safety Communications, Santa Monica Police, Building & Safety, and McCormick Ambulance. Thankfully, there were no injuries to residents or first responders, and no residents were displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation by SMFD investigators."


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