Apartment Fire Causes Extensive Water Damage
2010-10-07 · By Editor
Just after noon on Monday, October 4, the Long Beach Fire Department responded to reports of an apartment fire at the corner of 3rd Street and Linden Avenue. Upon arrival, Engine 24 discovered a unit on the 4th floor with light gray smoke coming out of the window.
Just as crew members pulled up to the front door, the fire had been knocked down by a dry chemical fire extinguisher. This building also had a functional fire sprinkler system in place. Sprinklers are a vital resource for reducing damage from these types of fires. The sprinkler system kept the rapidly growing fire in check and contained to the upstairs area until the fire department arrived. This, once again, proves the effectiveness of fire sprinklers in a building fire.
Once the fire was confirmed “knocked down,” and the rooms were cleared of all potential victims, crews immediately began salvage operations to control the large amount of water damage that would take place. First they had to shut down the sprinkler system so they could replace the sprinkler head that had been activated. Then they utilized portable water vacuums and other specialized water removal tools to get rid standing water that was quickly accumulating in the fire unit and the units below.
In all, four units were affected by the fire. Some residents were displaced and The American Red Cross was called to provide shelter for those individuals.
If not for the members of the LBFD controlling the water flow and shutting the sprinkler system down, the water damage could have been a lot more extensive with numerous residents being displaced.
The cause of this fire is still under investigation. This apartment fire occurred in the 1st Council District with a total of 16 fire apparatus and 35 fire personnel operating on scene.