On Wednesday April 24th, 2019 at 8:19 p.m. the Santa Monica Fire Department began receiving multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting a fire at the “Pacific Plaza” apartments, 1431 Ocean Avenue in the City of Santa Monica. Firefighters arrived on scene in 3 minutes to find a large volume of fire visible on the roof of the 15-story residential high-rise apartment building. Firefighters were required to ascend up the stairwells to access the fire, carrying tools and special hose packs which were used in the fire fight. Fire Engines pumped water into the buildings “Stand Pipe” system, a required fire protection feature within all high-rise structures that allows Firefighters to connect their hoses to on upper floors.

The “2 Alarm” incident brought all 35 on duty Santa Monica Firefighters to the scene, which took 28 minutes to contain. The fire was confined to the roof of the building, which burned approximately 50% of the roof. Minor water damage occurred to 3 apartment units below the fire. The building was occupied at the time the fire broke out, however a functioning fire alarm system began alerting residents to evacuate prior to the Firefighters arrival.

Fire Investigators are working on determining what may have caused the fire, however no determination has yet been made. There were no reported injuries to civilians or first responders. Assistance was provided by Santa Monica Police, and the Los Angeles Fire Department covered multiple 9-1-1 responses in Santa Monica during this incident.

Submitted by Captain Patrick Nulty, PIO

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