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Fire Causes Evacuation of Downtown Santa Monica Building

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By Daniel Larios
Special to the Lookout

February 19, 2014 -- The Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD) is investigating the origins of a fire that forced the evacuation of a mixed-use building Downtown early Monday.

Firefighters were responding to a reported fire at 1357 Ocean Avenue at 2:51 a.m. when they discovered an active fire in the rear alley at the Gate of India restaurant, 115 Santa Monica Boulevard.

Crews under the command of SMFD Battalion Chief Jeff Furrows operated two hand lines and quickly made entry into the restaurant to successfully suppress the fire, officials said.

The two-story building is home to five restaurants on the ground floor, and 19 residential apartments on the floor. above

Once the building cleared of smoke, residents were allowed to return to their apartments, fire officials said.

The fire – which impacted several high voltage power boxes – briefly disrupted service to the surrounding area, officials said.

On Tuesday evening, Southern California Edison was working to restore power to the businesses and residences at the site of the blaze.

Displaced residents were initially sheltered at a vacant business across the street.

No injuries were reported.

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