6th District Fire Demonstrates Need for Smoke Detectors in Every Home
2011-01-27 · By Editor
The Long Beach Fire Department arrived at a house fire in the 1400 block of Alamitos Avenue on Monday after receiving reports of smoke showing at the rear of house. Firefighters found a fire that appeared to have started in a wall furnace and had extended into the attic.
Firefighters from Engine 10 pulled a hose line and initiated fire attack while others from Truck 7 used chainsaws and other hand tools to check for fire extension. Using aggressive actions, LBFD extinguished the fire in three minutes although there was still a significant amount of heat and smoke damage that made the unit uninhabitable.
It was later reported that there were no functioning smoke detectors in the home. Fortunately the fire was discovered quickly by one of the residents and the family was able to get out in time. Had this fire occurred when everyone was asleep the consequences would have been tragic. The Red Cross will assist the family of four, which has been displaced from their home.
Smoke detectors have been proven to save lives. The Long Beach Fire Department has a limited supply of free smoke detectors. There is a limit of two per household. Call (562) 570-2519 for information about getting a smoke detector for your home.
This fire took place in the 6th District.