Fire rips through second floor apartment in East Long Beach

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Just before 10:30 a.m. Monday morning, March 29, 2010, units from the Long Beach Fire Department responded to 4406 Greenmeadow Road to a report of an apartment fire. Engine 7 was first to arrive, and found a second floor apartment engulfed in fire.

Firefighters used chainsaws to open the roof over the fire in an effort to remove heat and chocking smoke from the involved unit and the adjacent hallway. A crew of more than 30 firefighters were able to bring the fire under control within 15 minutes with assistance from one fire crew from LA County.

Initial companies performed a diligent search of the entire second floor for residents who may have been overcome by the intensity of the flames. Fortunately, all 10 residents managed to escape the burning building without injury.

According to the LBFD fire channel blog, fires in this type of center-hallway style apartment building pose a unique set of challenges. Any heat and smoke that does not exit the building through the windows is channeled into the hallways possibly trapping residents attempting to flee the fire.

The cause of this fire is currently under investigation.  There is no immediate damage estimate.

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