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Fire roared through a Santa Monica apartment building in the cold early morning darkness Thursday and forced a dozen residents to flee from the flames.

There were no injuries, but the residents weren’t allowed to return. An official said they all spent the rest of the night with family or friends.

The flames were reported at 2:03 a.m. in the area of Ashland Avenue and Third Street, said Deputy Fire Chief Tom Clemo of the Santa Monica Fire Department.

Arriving crews saw flames coming from the second and third floors of the building. Firefighters were able to put out the fire in 30 minutes, Clemo said.

The non-injury fire was confined to a single apartment, he said.

Twelve residents were displaced and Clemo said they all found shelter with either family or friends.

—City News Service

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