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Fire in Santa Monica: Spec Home Engulfed in Flames

Posted by John Hathorn on January 8, 2011
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A spec home under construction on 16th street near Montana Avenue was damaged today when flames from a tar pot on the back of a roofing truck ignited parts of the front of the house.

According to the public records, Steve and Terri Marsh own the 4,000-square-feet structure, which looked to be well past the framing stage of construction.

Here is what we know about the property:

  • MLS records show that the home was listed for sale as a land value project with plans and permits approved for the Mediterranean style 4,000 ft home.
  • Finished homes like these on 7,500 sq ft lots have been selling for approximately $1,000 per square foot – or $4,000,000.
  • Homes such as these on the larger Gillette lots (60X149) have sold for $4.2 – $4.5M this year

Firefighters were seen opening the roof at the entry and the damage to the house seemed limited to the front portion only, which was not the case for the truck that was holding the tar pot. The truck was fully engulfed in flames as firefighters sawed through the hood, presumably to prevent gasoline further fueling the flames.

Thankfully it appears that nobody was injured in the fire.

Check out this footage of the firefighters as they tend to the flames

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