Blaze at abandoned building sparks Metro delay, severely damages structure

A fire charred a small building and sent a plume of smoke over Long Beach Boulevard this afternoon—sparking delays on the Metro A (Blue) Line while crews extinguished the blaze.

The flames started at the abandoned building on the boulevard near 23rd Street around 4:30 p.m., Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jack Crabtree said.

Crews rushed to the scene and had the fire doused within about 10 minutes, Crabtree said.

Video recorded by Jimmy Caivo, who runs LB Fishing Supplies across the street, shows cars passing by the flames clearly visible from Long Beach Boulevard as firefighters arrive.

No one was injured or appeared to be inside the building, according to Crabtree. He said the building was severely damaged by the blaze.

It’s unclear so far what started the fire.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.