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Fire Breaks Out at Huntley Hotel
By Jorge Casuso
December 23, 2019 -- Santa Monica firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out in a trash bin behind the Huntley Hotel and spread to the lower floors of the Downtown highrise shortly after midnight Sunday.
Some 40 firefighters from the Santa Monica and Los Angeles fire departments arrived 7 minutes and 45 seconds after the blaze was reported at 12:13 a.m. outside the 19-story hotel at 1111 2nd Street, SMFD officials said.
Firefighters "encountered several large trash bins completely involved in fire and beginning to spread to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floor units of the hotel," said Captain Patrick Nulty, the Fire Department spokesman.
Most of the damage caused by the blaze was to the exterior of the building, including the balconies above the burning trash bins, according to officials.
"The fire was kept from spreading throughout the interior of the hotel and was declared out in approximately 30 minutes," Nulty said.
Santa Monica police officers helped to quickly evacuate dozens of hotel guests, officials said.
Firefighters undertook "substantial water removal and property salvage efforts" on four floors where the sprinkler systems were activated, Nulty said.
One person was treated by paramedics and transported to a local hospital in good condition, Nulty said.
No injuries were reported to first responders.
The fire comes two years after a blaze broke out on the top floor of the hotel, causing firefighters to evacuate the building ("Fire Breaks out at Santa Monica's Huntley Hotel," December 11, 2017).
The cause of Sunday's fire is currently under investigation by the joint SMFD/SMPD Arson Task Force.
Anyone has information regarding the incident should call SMPD Detective Cooper at (310) 458-8478.
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