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House Fire on Alamitos Ave

By Matthew Dobberpuhl | January 24, 2011

The Long Beach Fire Department received a call at 7:27am this morning for a house fire at 1447 Alamitos Ave.  Engine 10 arrived on scene in three minutes and reported smoke showing at the rear of the structure.  Upon investigation they found a fire that appeared to have started in a wall furnace and had extended into the attic.  Firefighters from Engine 10 pulled a hose line and initiated fire attack while others from Truck 7 used chainsaws and other hand tools to check for fire extension.  Due to their aggressive actions the fire was extinguished in three minutes and contained to the unit of origin.  There was a significant amount of heat and smoke damage that made the unit uninhabitable.  The Red Cross was called out to assist the family of four that been displaced.  It was later reported that there were no functioning smoke detectors in this home.  Fortunately the fire was discovered quickly by one of the residents and the family was able to get out in time.  Had this fire occurred when everyone was asleep the consequences would have been tragic.  Smoke detectors have been proven to save lives.  The Long Beach Fire Department has a limited supply of smoke detectors which are available free of charge (2 per household).  Please call (562) 570-2519 for more information.  A Battalion Chief, Arson Investigator, Public Information Officer and 18 Firefighters responded to this incident that occurred in the 6th Council District.

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