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2nd Alarm Fire…..Not So Happy New Year

By JJohnson | January 4, 2010

2010 started of with a 2nd alarm house fire for the Long Beach Fire Department. Multiple calls came in around noon on Saturday, January 2nd for reports of a house fire and 1 burn victim. Engine 2 was the first unit on scene and reported heavy fire blowing out of the downstairs of the 2-story, Victorian style home. A teenage boy, sleeping inside, noticed the fire and alerted his mother, who was upstairs, and sustained some burns to his arm and head. Rescue 1 transported the boy to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. The mother was not injured. E2 began an aggressive fire attack, along with help from other companies. Engine 3, Engine 1 and Truck 1 were right behind E2 and began helping with the fire attack. Because of the close proximity of the 3-story apartment complex to the North and the house the South, BC1 called for a “2nd Alarm Assignment.” This doubled the amount of resources from the first (3 Engines, 1 Truck, 1 Rescue, 1 BC) as well as made additional notifications to the command staff. The bulk of the fire was extinguished after about 20 minutes, however the flames did get into the attic space. Truck 1 and 7 both had their hands full as they had to cut a good portion of the roof away to extinguish the flames and let the hot air and gases escape.  The Red Cross was notified, due to the 9 people who lived there were all displaced. The good news is that all but 1 (the mother and her visiting son) was not at home at the time of the fire. This cause of the fire is under investigation, however the occupants did still have their Christmas tree in the living, which was added fuel for the fire to spread. This is a reminder for all homeowners, that disposal of your dying or dead tree is extremely important.

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