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Elderly Woman Narrowly Escapes Flames

By Jackawa Jackson | December 3, 2009

At 11:12 on the morning of December 2, 2009 Units from the Long Beach Fire Department responded to 3825 Faust to a report of a house fire with an elderly woman possibly trapped inside.  Upon arrival, Engine 18 found heavy smoke billowing from the rear of the house as well as from a closed garage door.  Engine 18 crewmembers mounted an aggressive attack on the fire while other crews searched the residence for victims.  The fire was contained to the area of an attached single car garage; however, the interior door was left open.  This caused chocking heat and smoke to fill the residence. One elderly female was in the house at the time of the fire. An off duty Orange County Fire Authority  captain was in the area and assisted the adult son of the woman trapped inside.  Both forced entry into the rear of the house and assisted the woman to the front yard of the house where they awaited fire department arrival. Another passerby attempted to control the fire with a garden hose prior to fire department arrival.  He sustained burns to his hands and face and was transported to a local hospital by Long Beach paramedics.  Both mother and son from the involved residence suffered from smoke inhalation and were also transported to a local hospital.

The cause of this fire is currently under investigation.  There is no immediate estimate on damage.  Fortunately there were no reports of injury to first responders or to other citizens.  The first fire units arrived on scene 3 minutes from the time of dispatch.  Responding units included:  Engine 18, Light Force 19, Engine 5, Light Force 14, Rescue 17, Rescue 9, BLS 17 and BC 2.

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