Man sustains ‘significant’ burns in car fire near Bixby Knolls

A man was taken to a local hospital with “significant” burns after multiple people reported a vehicle on fire near Bixby Knolls on Wednesday night, authorities said.

Firefighters arrived on the scene on the 4700 block of Cherry Avenue just after 5:10 p.m., Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Brian Fisk said.

The firefighters quickly extinguished the flames and transported the man to a local hospital with burns to his face and torso at about 5:30 p.m.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Fisk said. It is unclear where the man was sitting inside the vehicle.

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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.