WESTWOOD—More than 130 Los Angeles County Firefighters worked to extinguish a fire, which broke out in a six-story apartment complex on Saturday, December 20.
The blaze, described as “stubborn” by authorities, occurred at the Wilshire Manor Apartments on Wilshire Boulevard, between Westholme and Manning avenues.
According to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department, “The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 8:26 PM on December 20, 2014 to 10635 Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood, where firefighters arrived quickly to find light smoke showing from the upper floors of a 58,943 square-foot six story apartment building of five occupied floors over parking.”
When firefighters first arrived, they secured the lobby and elevators, while “equipment-laden colleagues” went upstairs to check for fire above.
Most of those living in the building’s 46 apartments were directed to stay in place under LAFD supervision, despite the flames, according to the news release.
One hundred and thirty firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Antoine McKnight confined the fire to the walls of units 404 and 504, extinguishing the stubborn flames in just 56 minutes.
One female resident was treated for minor smoke inhalation.
The LAFD claimed they “prevented more than $5.5 million in property loss to the Wilshire Manor Apartments, limiting direct fire damage to $150,000 ($100,000 structure & $50,000 contents) within two of the building’s apartments. Collateral impact from the blaze however, temporarily rendered four additional apartments untenable until repairs could be made.”
To help the displaced residents, Disaster Action Team volunteers from the American Red Cross responded to assist with temporary living needs.
Wilshire Boulevard remained closed in both directions for nearly three and a half hours, while the LAFD conducted their investigation.
The investigation determined that the cause of the fire was attributed to a malfunction in an electrical box.