Damage Estimated at $100K in Catalina Avenue Fire

More than 33 firefighters battled the late-night blaze on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Police lights. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian.
FILE PHOTO: Police lights. Photo credit Nicole Mooradian.
A space heater started a fire in an apartment in the 1300 block of Catalina Avenue in South Redondo Beach on Monday night, displacing at least one person and causing $100,000 worth of damage, officials said.

No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported; however, an occupant's pet died in the blaze, according to Division Chief Rob Rappaport of the Redondo Beach Fire Department.

Authorities were called to the scene at about 11 p.m., Redondo Beach Police Department spokesman Sgt. Shawn Freeman said. Police officers helped evacuate the building.

Thirty-three firefighters—including some from the Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Torrance fire departments—fought the two-alarm blaze, which was contained to the unit of origin, Rappaport said.

The fire's cause was a space heater placed too close to combustible materials, such as papers, Rappaport said.

"The fire department recommends (people) only use heating appliances when you are home," he said. "Also, keep them away from any combustible items."

Though this is the first fire caused by a space heater this season in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles Fire Department crews over the weekend doused two other blazes related to space heaters.

The photos in the slideshow above were posted to Instagram by user R.G. Wong
Dre December 11, 2013 at 02:49 AM
Would've been nice if Nicole Mooradian waited for my OK before publishing my photos and videos. I don't give a crap if they're on Storify. - R.G.
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) December 11, 2013 at 03:08 AM
Hi RG, My apologies. I embedded your photos and videos via a Storify slideshow, so they remain hosted on Instagram's servers. Should you decide you no longer want them in there, you can either make your instagram account private or delete the photos/videos, and they will no longer appear in the slideshow.
Dre December 11, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Dre December 11, 2013 at 03:50 AM
I shouldn't need to alter my Instagram account for anybody.
KathyW December 11, 2013 at 10:01 AM
I don't mean to be nosy, but I used to live at 1300 Catalina, Apt. 301. Was that were the fire was?
Jim B. December 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Gee, Dre, is your Reuters link a veiled threat? Seems to me that you are just another nasty little aggrieved keyboard cowboy tough guy.
Dre December 11, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Golly, Jim B. your ass wasn't out shivering in the cold taking those pictures. Hey, why don't I start a Patch and start using all your work without getting your approval? That will be cool right? I'll start that right now!
Dre December 11, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Golly, Jim B. that Reuters story is fact not a threat. And it wasn't you shivering in the cold taking those pictures. Seems like you sure got a lot of time on your hands commenting on Patch blogs.
Jim B. December 11, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Not as much time as you have playing Jimmy Olsen, though...
Nicole Mooradian (Editor) December 11, 2013 at 05:15 PM
KathyW, I'm not sure of the exact unit.


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