Second Alarm Fire Destroys Home on New Year’s Eve

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fire destroys long beach homeAt 6:36 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Long Beach Fire Department was called to a structure fire at 1870 Locust Ave in the Sixth Council District.  Engine and Truck 7 arrived within four minutes and found heavy smoke and flames pouring out of the second floor windows of a two story, single family dwelling.

Firefighters initiated an aggressive interior attack and encountered such intense heat that the Captain and two firefighters suffered first and second degree burns to their ears and neck. They were transported to St. Mary’s where they were treated and released back to Station 7.

Fire crews from Truck 7 used their aerial and roof ladders and cut several holes in the roof to reduce heat and improve visibility inside the structure. The fire was knocked down within 30 minutes.

The fire originated in the second floor or attic area and destroyed those levels of the house.  There was significant water damage to the first floor.

Three people were in the structure at the time the fire started. All were able to get out on their own with no injuries reported. Red Cross of Long Beach will assist the five displaced residents.

LBFD equipment that responded to this fire included 7 Engines, 2 Trucks, 2 Paramedic Ambulances, 3 Battalion Chiefs, 2 Arson Investigators, a Public Information Officer and a Fire Prevention Officer.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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