First, The Firefighters, Then the Red Cross

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After knocking down a fire that ravaged an apartment  building on 20th Street early Saturday morning, the  Santa Monica Fire Department called the  Red Cross.

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica is now assisting the building tenants who were displaced by the fire.

It is providing five of them with temporary housing at two local motor inns through Tuesday morning. The victims have been given Red Cross debit cards that can be used for food, clothing, medications and other personal necessities. They are also receiving mental health counseling and will receive Red Cross support services and assistance in resettlement as needed.

The fire originated in one of the four  – units in the building at 1943/1949 20th Street. All of the apartments were  damaged. The unit where the fire allegedly started was the most seriously damaged The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

A disabled tenant, a woman, who lived in that apartment,  was taken to a local hospital for treatment and observation. Her live-in caretaker was not hurt,

The unit’s ceiling and roof were burned completely through. It and its contents are a total loss.

The adjacent unit, which was occupied by a man, received extensive smoke and water damage and one interior wall collapsed.  The tenant was not hurt, but the contents of his apartment were all lost the other two units in the structure received extensive smoke damage. All four units were declared  “uninhabitable” by the City’s building and safety inspector.

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica, is a publicly supported, 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides health and safety education, youth services, blood services, CPR and first aid training, disaster awareness and disaster relief efforts.

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