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Late Night Arson Fire Nearly Turns Deadly

By Jackawa Jackson | August 1, 2010

Just after 11:00 PM last night, Long Beach Fire Department units responded to 1821 E. 68th Street to a report of a structure fire.  Engine 12 arrived on scene and reported a large volume of fire showing from an apartment on the first floor of a two story garden style apartment building.  Units began an aggressive interior attack to knockdown the fire and contain the fire to the unit of origin.  The fire was knocked down with no extension of fire to adjacent units.  A thorough search of the involved apartment was conducted by fire crews. Fortunately all occupants of that unit made it out safely.  Prior to fire department arrival, two occupants of an upstairs apartment were forced to leap from a second story window to escape the fire that was rapidly spreading and exposing their apartment.  A 37 year old male was transported to a local hospital with non life threatening injuries.  The other occupant that leapt from the upstairs unit was not injured and did not require medical evaluation.   Four families were displaced from four different apartments, their ages ranging from 6 years to 47 years old.   The Red Cross was requested to provide shelter for these individuals.   This is considered an arson fire.  Long Beach Fire Department arson investigators ask that anyone with any information regarding this fire contact them on the arson tip hotline.  (562)570-2582.

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