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ELECTRICAL FIRE IN APARTMENT COMPLEX

By Matthew Dobberpuhl | August 16, 2013

Yesterday (August 15, 2013) afternoon, Long Beach Fire units responded to a reported structure fire on the 500 block of Bellflower Blvd. First arriving units found heavy smoke coming from an electrical vault in the parking structure below the apartment complex. Firefighters used hoses to cool the vault until the power coming into the structure could be shut down. When Edison got on scene, electrical power to all 471 units was shut down for approximately 1 1/2 hours. There were 45 units without power last night and they will be without power until an electrician can rebuild the electrical panel involved in the fire. One resident requested assistance from the Red Cross for temporary housing. The complex has been placed on "Fire Watch" and the Fire Department will continue to monitor the progress of restoring power to the remaining units. No further information is available at this time.

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