On Saturday, February 12th, the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire on the 2800 block of Santa Monica Blvd. The Santa Monica Police Department also responded to assist with traffic control in the area, Santa Monica Blvd was closed in both directions between Harvard and Yale until fire crews cleared the scene. The Santa Monica Fire Department considered it to be a working fire. The fire was contained in part of a wall in a motel building, no rooms were affected or damaged by the fire. The fire was knocked down at 12:58 pm on Saturday. The fire was knocked down 36 minutes after being first reported.
The Fire Department determined that an overhang to the entrance of the parking lot be structurally threatening and red-taped the area until the necessary repairs are made. This does not affect the operation of the motel or any rooms. The city has asked for chainlink fences around the area of repairs so that way the public or people walking by don't get hurt if the overhang would fall onto somebody.
We talked to the owners of the motel and they stated that the night before a group of guests were smoking outside and the motel is a non-smoking property so they told the guests to leave or stop smoking. On Friday, February 11th, those guests checked out and the next day there was a fire on the property.
In a statement sent to us from a spokesperson with the Santa Monica Fire Department after sending a request for comment, they stated that "it's unknown whether or not arson is suspected at this time as the cause of the fire is under investigation."