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Fight between ex-roommates cited in West Hollywood apartment fire

March 4, 2012 |  7:34 am

Los Angeles County arson investigators were on the scene of a fire early Sunday, apparently the result of a fight between ex-roommates, in a fourth-floor apartment near Sweetzer Avenue and Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.

The blaze “occurred as a result of a dispute between ex-roommates,” said Capt. Mark Savage, Los Angeles County Fire spokesman. A woman occupant who was in the unit when the fire started "safely escaped and was uninjured,” Savage said.

No arrests have been made and no one was hurt in the blaze, which erupted at 1:50 a.m. and was contained to the one unit, he said. He declined to comment on how the fire started.

Some 30 firefighters knocked down the flames in about 20 minutes, Savage said.

About 100 residents were evacuated from the building but were later allowed back into their units. The occupants of the burned unit and two others damaged by water have been temporarily displaced, he said.


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