SANTA MONICA—Officials from the Santa Monica Fire Department rescued two small dogs from a fire that broke at an apartment complex on Monday, January 8. According to a press release Canyon News received from Captain Patrick Nulty, Public Information Officers from the SMFD, the Department received multiple 911 calls at 6:53 a.m. about an apartment fire at 1435 26th Street.

Firefighters arrived 5 minutes and 3 seconds later to find a 2-story multi-unit residence with an active kitchen fire in one of the units. Firefighters forced entry into the unit an aggressively fought back the flames, stopping the fire from spreading to adjacent units. During the search of the smoke filled apartment, officials discovered 2 small dogs and brought them outside to safety. The occupant of the apartment was not home when the fire started.

It took 23 SMFD Firefighters 17 minutes to extinguish the flames, limiting most of the fire damage to one apartment unit. A neighbor took custody of the animals until the owner could return home. There were no reports of any injuries to the dogs, civilians, or any first responders. The SMFD is currently investigating the cause of the fire.