Two Thanksgiving Day Blazes Keep LB Firefighters Busy

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At 5:45 a.m. early Thanksgiving morning, Long Beach Fire units were called to 264 Covina Avenue where fire crew members found thick smoke and fire pouring out of the second story window of a four-plex. Heavy black smoke was also seen rapidly coming out of the attic vents throughout the roof.

Once the fire was extinguished in the kitchen, efforts then turned to the attic area above. While ventilating the structure, the roof deck collapsed causing a firefighter to fall into the attic space below. The firefighter was quickly rescued and, fortunately, without injury.

A primary search located two cats that were overcome by smoke inhalation. Even with the use of specialized animal masks, resuscitation efforts were not successful.

The resident of the burned unit was not home at the time of the fire. An elderly female in an adjacent unit was examined by paramedics and did not require hospitalization.

The LBFD Arson Units are currently conducting an investigation into the cause of this blaze. Nineteen fire personnel worked at the scene with assistance from units from the Long Beach Gas Department, Animal Control, and Southern California Edison. The fire occurred in the 3rd Council District.

North Long Beach Fire Displaces 5 Residents

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On Thanksgiving Day at around 6:00 pm, units from the Long Beach Fire Department responded to a house fire at 2408 E. 64th Street. The blaze was called into LBFD by a passerby, who stated that they could see lots of smoke coming out of the home.

Within minutes, Engine 12 arrived on scene and saw heavy black smoke coming from the two-story house. Firefighters quickly charged their hose-line and forced entry through the front door. Because of an aggressive interior attack they quickly located the seat of the fire and extinguished the blaze before further damage could take place.

Fortunately, the occupants weren’t home when the fire ignited and no one was injured. However, five people were displaced from their home until repairs can be made.

Twenty-one fire department personnel were on the scene of 9th District fire. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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