Fire crews douse 2-alarm blaze at commercial building near Downtown

Firefighters were battling a second-alarm blaze that broke out at a one-story commercial building just north of Downtown Long Beach Tuesday afternoon.

More than a dozen Long Beach Fire Department units responded to the area of Locust Avenue and 10th Street at around 2:40 p.m. after reports of heavy smoke coming from inside a white building.

Firefighters working to extinguish the second-alarm fire near Downtown Tuesday, June 14. Photo by Fernando Haro.

Witnesses said the fire appeared to start shortly after a woman left the building screaming. Heavy smoke soon began rising from inside. Fire personnel could not immediately confirm how the fire started but said there were signs that the building was inhabited by a homeless person.

Fire crews extinguished the blaze at around 3:03 p.m. No injuries were reported, LBFD spokesperson Jake Heflin said.

A portion of 10th Street from Locust Avenue to Waite Court was taped off by police as firefighters worked on the incident. Locust Avenue off Long Beach Boulevard was also blocked.

Fire investigators also responded to the scene.

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.