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Residents Evacuated In Transformer Explosion, Apartment Fire

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(FOX 11 / CNS) A woman suffered smoke inhalation in a fire in a Santa Monica apartment building caused by a transformer explosion, authorities said today.

The transformer exploded in an alley by the 800 block of Second Street in Santa Monica around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Santa Monica Fire Department Deputy Chief Tom Clemo said.

At least one apartment was destroyed by fire, with the rest of the building's third floor off-limits for the rest of the night, Clemo said.

As many as 50 people were evacuated with between 10 to 20 likely needing alternative housing, Clemo said.

From Bob DeCastro:

More than 50 people have been evacuated and up to 20 people may be permanently displaced after a fire ripped through Santa Monica apartment building. The fire broke out just before 11 Thursday night. Witnesses say they heard a blast before the fire. Investigators believe an overloaded transformer likely exploded in the alley near the 200 hundred block of 2nd Street near Montana. 42 firefighters responded to fire and put it out in about 45 minutes. One woman suffered from smoke inhalation and no firefighters were hurt.

The heat wave has been putting a huge strain on the power grid in the Southland.

The high Thursday in Santa Monica was a record 88°. Friday's temperatures will tie the record high of 80°. Ocean breezes should return Friday afternoon.

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