SANTA MONICA—On Monday, February 11, at 7:15 p.m. Santa Monica Fire Engine 2 arrived on the scene of Shores Apartment at 2800 Neilson Way to investigate a fire alarm activation. Santa Monica Fire Department Captain Patrick McNulty, Public Information Officer for the Santa Monica Fire Department indicated in a press release to Canyon News that firefighters discovered smoke billowing from an apartment balcony on the 10th floor of the 14-story high rise building.

More resources were requested, bringing in all Santa Monica Fire resources, and aid from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters fought to extinguish the fire, which was kept from spreading to the common hallway of the building because of an activated fire sprinkler head.

Firefighters used a combination of sheltering occupants in place until the fire was under control, and systematically evacuating occupants who could be out of the building. The fire alarm and fire sprinkler system alerted residents who were able to evacuate as soon as the fire started.

A total of 33 firefighters took approximately 19 minutes to contain the flames, which were confined to the kitchen and living area. There was substantial water damage to several units below the fire from the fire sprinkler. There were no reports of any injuries to residents or first responders during the incident.

The resident of the apartment where the fire transpired was not home at the time of the blaze, and was displaced as a result of the damage the fire caused. Firefighters were assisted by the Santa Monica Police Department and the Los Angeles Fire Department. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the SMFD.