Mother, children safely escape North Long Beach apartment fire

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Just after 11:00 on the morning of January 12, units from the Long Beach Fire Department responded to 5949 Cherry Avenue to a report of an apartment fire.

Rescue 12 was first on scene and reported a first floor apartment well involved in fire.  Engine 12 arrived seconds later and mounted and aggressive interior attack and began the search of the burning residence for victims possibly trapped by the flames.

Flames from the first floor apartment shattered the glass in a second floor window and set fire to the eaves. Firefighters from Truck 11 used chainsaws and axes to remove burning sections from the roof line in an attempt to prevent fire spread into the attic space.

A mother, her 17-year-old daughter and her 2-year-old son were home when the fire began. The mother said she noticed a brief power outage in her apartment. Shortly after, dense smoke began to pour from a bedroom and the teenage daughter yelled there was a fire. The three were able to make it to safety without injury.

Fire crews managed to confine the fire to the room of origin and controlled the blaze within 10 minutes. The American Red Cross was called in an effort to provide clothing as heat and smoke damage was wide spread throughout the apartment. 27 firefighters responded to this incident.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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