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Koreatown apartment fire was accidental

September 17, 2010 |  2:22 pm

A fire in the attic of a historic apartment building in Koreatown was accidental in cause and not arson, Los Angeles Fire Department official Brian Humphrey said.

Investigators said that the fire was probably electrical in nature.

More than 100 residents of the 58-unit building at 614 S. Saint Andrews Place were evacuated after the fire spread from the attic to the roof of the building, said Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Ronnie R. Villanueva.

One occupant was taken to a hospital for treatment of shortness of breath, but there were no serious injuries.

Residents said it was the latest in a string of what appeared to be targeted attacks against the Versailles Apartments in two days.

Jeff Brooks, director of operations for Wexford Management, confirmed that another fire had started in the management office early Thursday morning. And before Friday morning's blaze, someone had fired gunshots into a workout room in the front of the building.

Thursday's fire has been determined to be arson, Humphrey said. It was extinguished by sprinklers and out by the time firefighters arrived.

-- Sam Quinones and Abby Sewell