Elderly residents are treated for minor injuries sustained in fire that broke out Friday in their apartment building (background) on Second Street and Arizona Avenue. (photo by Ashley Archibald)

SECOND STREET —The Santa Monica Fire Department responded to a call about multiple explosions coming from a low-income apartment building in the 1300 block of Second Street at 4:46 p.m. Friday.

A fire broke out in a first floor unit, and was visible from the street, according to officials.

Residents, mostly elderly, got out through first floor windows and a fire escape, although some had to be evacuated from the second floor, said SMFD Capt. Michael McElvaney.

Three people sustained minor injuries, including smoke inhalation and a bruised wrist. Nobody needed to be taken to the hospital.

The cause of the fire is unknown, McElvaney said.

Eight SMFD units, three Los Angeles City Fire units and four AmeriCare ambulances responded to the scene.

The fire department has conducted drills at the building in the past because its U-shape and “old school” fire escapes present unique challenges, said SMFD Capt. Judah Mitchell.

“We want to be on our A-game,” Mitchell said.

Smoke detectors in the building had just been replaced, said resident Brian Helip.

“The Santa Monica Fire Department was right on time,” Helip said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No word on the cost of the damage.


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