2 fires hit Central Long Beach within an hour of each other Wednesday night

Two fires within a half mile of one another were reported Wednesday evening in Central Long Beach, according to the Long Beach Fire Department.

The department first responded to a trash fire next to a church in the 1200 block of Redondo Avenue at about 7:20 p.m., according to LBFD spokesman Brian Fisk.

Fisk said the fire was knocked down quickly, and afterward, crews saw a column of smoke rising to the west. They responded to another blaze about a half mile west of the first at about 8:30 p.m.

The second blaze was in a carport adjacent to a body shop in the 1300 block of Stanley Avenue. Fisk said five or six vehicles “went off like a bomb” and were fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. That fire was extinguished as well, Fisk said, and no injuries were reported at either scene.

Fisk said both incidents are under investigation.

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