Fire engulfs abandoned RVs in Central Long Beach

Long Beach firefighters on Wednesday knocked down a fire that quickly engulfed two abandoned RVs parked next to an abandoned home.

Firefighters were called to the scene on the 1900 block of Lemon Avenue at about 6:15 p.m., spokesman Jack Crabtree said. When they arrived, they found two motorhomes on fire. No one was inside either home, Crabtree said.

It took firefighters until about 7 p.m. to knock down the fire because they had to navigate many tight spaces to ensure all the hot spots were out, he said.

The fire appeared to have spread to the abandoned home the RVs were parked at. A pastor of the church next door, Damian McLeod, said the home had been abandoned for three months since its owner died. He said he has recently noticed people squatting in the home.

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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 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.