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 Dept. 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 10 to 20 likely needing alternative housing, Clemo said.