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 2159 hrs., units responded to a structure fire on 11th and Obispo. Fire reported from the 1st floor & smoke from windows on the 2nd floor. Knockdown at 2238 hrs. 60 people displaced. One male patient transported. #yourLBFD pic.twitter.com/jCT0PyNfOi
— Long Beach Fire (CA) (@lbfd) February 20, 2018
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.
Stephanie Rivera covers immigration and the north, west and central parts of Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter at @StephRivera88.
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