WESTLAKE : Blaze Damages Troubled Hotel

The Hotel Californian, a single-room-occupancy hotel chronically cited for dozens of housing and safety code violations, suffered $90,000 in damage last weekend after a fire destroyed the building's top floor, fire officials said.

No one was injured in the blaze, contained by 100 firefighters in about 35 minutes. Deborah Foley, the building's manager, said the fire may have started about 11 p.m. June 25 in one of the rooms of the five-story 1920s hotel. About 60 people live in the 200-room Californian at 1907 W. 6th St.

Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, said the blaze remains under investigation.

Last week half of the fifth floor was closed for repairs, Foley said.

The building suffers from a score of problems and has been cited with as many as 20 safety violations three times since 1989, according to officials in the city's Housing Slum Task Force.

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