White BMW Fire Leads to Explosions Behind My 12 Step Store Parking Lot

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Photo by Fernando Rojo exclusively for WEHO TIMES

A white BMW parked behind 8730 Santa Monica Boulevard, where My 12 Step Store, Planet Nails and D’Optique by Cynthia & Christina are located, burst into flames this afternoon at roughly 2pm. The car fire led to several loud explosions sending observers running for cover on Huntley Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard.

A witness reports that a person ran into My 12 Store screaming at everyone to evacuate. He said the smell of burning plastic engulfed the entire area. Smoke was seen from Santa Monica Boulevard.

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Footage reveals a white BMW SUV completely engulfed in flames. Fire and Sheriff Duties were on the scene. A loud bang forced witnesses to vacate the area. There were three loud explosions.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

A fire at West Hollywood council member Lindsey Horvath’s apartment building on Sunday, March 27th prompted the Los Angeles County Supervisor hopeful to remind the community about fire safety preparedness in case of an emergency. She reminded residents to make a plan in case of fire and to support funding fire safety and prevention efforts.

“Yesterday, my neighbors and I had to face a new type of emergency in this time of crisis – a fire in our building,” reads a post on her official Instagram account this past Monday in reference to a fire emergency on Sunday, March 27, 2022. “An important reminder to make a plan; have your documents, medications, and essentials in a safe place for easy retrieval; and to support funding for fire safety & prevention efforts. Special thanks to @lacountyfd @lasdwesthollywoodstation @wehocity@redcrossla & everyone who helped to keep us safe & cared for. #weho”

American Home Shield (AHS) recommends holding a family meeting to talk about fire safety:

At-Home Fire Safety Plan Tips

• Together, walk through your home and talk about possible exits and escape routes that you could take in the event of a fire. Discuss what would happen if a fire occurred during daylight hours and if one occurred at night, when the family was asleep.

• Draw up a floor plan of your home, and indicate two potential ways out of each room using windows and doors. NFPA has a downloadable escape planning grid that you can use, and a downloadable brochure about keeping escape routes clear. The Red Cross also offers this printable home fire escape plan in English and in Spanish.

• With your family, talk about the importance of smoke alarms and how they work. Point out the location of each one in your house, and and test the alarms so that family members are familiar with how they sound when triggered.

• If your home has infants, toddlers, older adults, or disabled family members, make sure your escape plan has people who are assigned to assist them in case of emergency.

• For second story rooms, make sure that every family member has access to emergency escape fire ladder equipment that can be used from windows. Practice retrieving and using the ladders, always with adult supervision.

• With your family, select an outside meeting place well away from the home to gather after an escape.

• Practice evacuating your home as quickly as possible. Hold practice fire drills that simulate both daytime and nighttime emergencies. Rehearse touching closed doors and door knobs or handles to see if they are hot from fire, and how to stay in place and seal the room as much as possible if fire prevents escaping a room. Discuss how to call the fire department or signal from a window to let responders know where you are if you can’t get out. Practice escaping halls and rooms by crawling low to avoid smoke if needed.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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