SUNSET PARK — A local family is temporarily without a home after a fire took out an apartment unit early Saturday morning.

The fire broke out around 3:13 a.m. in the second-story unit of an apartment complex at 2315 14th St., injuring one person and causing extensive smoke damage throughout the residence.

The unit was occupied by a family of four adults, one of whom suffered second degree burns to their leg. The burn victim was treated at the scene and transported to Saint John’s Health Center. The remaining three tenants received temporary accommodations at a local motel, courtesy of the Santa Monica Chapter of the American Red Cross, which also provided them with debit cards for food and other necessities.

The fire was contained in the bathroom but the unit was deemed uninhabitable because of water and smoke damage. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

It’s the second apartment blaze in two weeks.

Five people were displaced in an early morning fire on Aug. 29 at 1943 20th St., destroying one unit and damaging three others located in a detached structure that’s part of a two-story courtyard style apartment complex in the Pico Neighborhood. The cause of the fire was believed to be electrical in nature. One firefighter suffered minor burns to his knee in that blaze.

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