VIDEO: Smoke from Anaheim Street strip mall fire displaces family

A family of three was displaced Tuesday afternoon after a fire in the businesses below their apartment caused significant smoke damage.

Long Beach firefighters were called to the scene of a two-alarm fire in a two-story strip mall on East Anaheim Street and Junipero Avenue shortly before 3:45 p.m. The fire was on the first floor of the building that Mi Tierra Honduran restaurant and an empty storefront occupy.

Firefighters extinguished the fire within 15 minutes, Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Jack Crabtree said. No one was injured, but the smoke spread to the second-floor apartment above, making it temporarily uninhabitable.

“A family lived there, three individuals were displaced due to the smoke,” Crabtree said. “The fire didn’t spread, just the smoke.”

LBFD is still investigating the cause of the fire and the Red Cross is assisting the family to find temporary housing and meals.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, 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, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.