West Hollywood, California (Thursday, October 1, 2009) – A long-burning fire at a large apartment complex in West Hollywood caused the evacuation of 64 residents Monday.
First reported at 3:35 p.m. and put down 90 minutes later, Captain Paulson of West Hollywood’s Fire Station 7 told WeHo News “the fire had burned slowly for some time before we got there, and so it took quite a while to get it under control.”
The fire began in electrical wiring.
The building at 888 West Knoll Drive, between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, has 54-units – all residents made it out of the building without incident, say fire officials.
Two firefighters were treated for minor injuries, Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesperson Andre Gougis said.
Firefighters visited every floor and the roof in an effort to locate all potential flare-up spots and investigated the cause of the fire well into the night.
Initial damage estimates stand at $350,000.