Flames scorched part of a five-story oceanfront apartment complex in Redondo Beach, but nobody was hurt in the blaze on Monday, Jan. 27.
The fire broke out in an apartment complex on the 1700 block of Esplande at about 2:44 p.m., Redondo Beach Fire Capt. Isaac Yang said. Local firefighters were assisted by crews from the Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Torrance and Los Angeles County Fire Departments, and managed to contain flames to a single unit and an adjacent overhead space.
No injuries were reported, Yang said. It was not immediately clear if any displaced residents would be able to return to their homes Monday evening.
Residents living at the Sea Haven Resort Apartments, 1718 Esplanade, described the scene.
“As soon as I opened the door you could smell smoke,” said Adell Kraivanger, who’s lived in the building’s fourth floor for two years. “One my neighbors on the fifth floor could see flames. It’s scary.”
Residents had been evacuated for about 90 minutes and were told they might be kept out for another half hour. At 4:30 p.m. smoke was no longer visible and firefighters appeared to be mopping up as a few dozen people stood around outside. A giant ladder stretched to the roof of the complex.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.