Elderly Man Hospitalized, 60 People Displaced by Fire at Long Beach Hotel

A fire at a hotel in the city’s Zaferia neighborhood Monday night left 60 guests and their pets displaced and an elderly man hospitalized, authorities said.

The man was transported to a local hospital in stable condition for difficulty breathing, said Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) Capt. Jack Crabtree. An elderly woman was also assessed but released on scene. No other injuries were reported.

The fire at the Grace Hotel near 11th Street and Obispo Avenue was reported at 9:59PM.

When firefighters arrived they found heavy smoke coming from a first-floor unit and smoke from the second-story windows of the two-story building, he said.

The fire was eventually extinguished and all rooms cleared at 10:38PM.

At its peak, a total of 54 firefighters were assigned to the incident, including Long Beach Search & Rescue volunteers and Long Beach police, according to Crabtree.

A Long Beach Transit bus was also sent to the scene for those displaced.

“We requested a Transit bus to keep everyone warm since it was cold last night and once Red Cross got the shelter destination we were able to get everybody going,” Crabtree said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.