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Structure Fire at 12th Place and Ocean Blvd.

By frhayes | October 4, 2009

On Sunday, October 4, 2009 at 07:07 A.M. Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD), units Battalion Chief (BC) 1, Engine (E) 2, E 4, E 10, Truck (T) 1, Rescue 2, E1, E6, USAR6, E101, E3, T7, R10, BC3, BC2, Arson Investigator (ARSN) 2, ARSN6 and ARSN4 responded to a reported Apartment Fire at 12TH PL, LONG BEACH, CA 90802. Engine 2, the first arriving unit, arrived within 4 minutes of time of dispatch and reported, “smoke and fire showing from a two story four plex” E2 hooked up to a fire hydrant, pulled a hose line and advanced it up an interior stairwell to extinguish the fire and to perform search and rescue operations. E4 the second arriving Engine Company pulled an additional hose line to assist with E2 operations. T1 laddered the building to cut a hole in the roof for vertical ventilation to remove heat and smoke which assisted with firefighting efforts. Additional units assisted with firefighting operations including salvage and overhaul of the affected unit. At the time of the fire there were three occupants, two males and one female, these residents were awaked to a smoke filled unit, and had to jump from a second story window onto a shed (approximately 15 feet) to escape. Due to this situation the female resident sustained bi-lateral wrist fractures, and was transported to a local hospital by Rescue 2. Unfortunately because of the required rapid escape from the unit the residents were not able to save two dogs in the unit that perished because of the fire. During this incident the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) closed down both East and westbound lanes on Ocean Blvd between Alamitos and Cherry Avenue. The unit involved is a “Total Loss” estimated at approximately $200,000 dollars with all three occupants displaced. The Red Cross was contacted to assist with any of these individuals’ needs. The LBFD Arson Division currently is sifting through the debris, questioning the residents, and performing other activities to determine the cause of the fire. This fire occurred in council district number 2 with a total of 19 apparatus and 44 personnel working on this incident for approximately one and half hours.

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