FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 08092015
Structure Fire on the 2600 Block of Deforest Avenue
At 0015 hours, Long Beach Fire units were dispatched to the 2600 block of Deforest Avenue for reports of a structure fire. At 0019 hours, E7 arrived onscene of the dispatched address and reported light smoke from the front of a single story, single family dwelling with significant fire visible in the rear of the structure.
As suppression and vertical ventilation efforts were initiated, arcing wires were noted around the involved house and in the backyard of a neighboring home. Edison was requested for additional support.
Per the owner of the home, he came home and found his bedroom on fire. He called "911" and immediately exited the home. There are 2 people that live in the 3 bedroom home. The owner, a 50 year old male and his 25 year old son. The father was not sure of the son's location and reported that his son may have still been in the home at the time of the fire. A primary and secondary search was completed and an all clear was given at 0035 hours. Knockdown of the fire occurred at 0027 hours.
A secondary fire was ignited in the backyard of a neighboring home from the arcing power lines. That fire was extinguished and Long Beach fire crews remained on stand-by until Edison was able to secure the power.
The fire has displaced 2 people. Red Cross support was offered. However, the family has other supportive measures in place. Based on the extent of the loss associated with the fire, a $100.00 SAVE Card was issued to the residents.
There were no injuries associated with this incident. At the height of the fire, there were 27 firefighters assigned to this incident. Long Beach Fire Investigators are working to determine cause and origin of the fire.
This fire occurred in the 7th Council District.