Fire in Islands restaurant in the Towne Center prompts 4-alarm response

Over 70 firefighters battled a stubborn fire in the attic space of the Long Beach Towne Center’s Islands restaurant, according to authorities.

People who were passing by originally reported the fire at 6 a.m., Saturday morning when they saw smoke coming from the building. When firefighters got there, they realized the fire was smoldering in the attic crawl space, making it difficult for firefighters to access, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Brian Fisk said.

A small attic fire at Islands restaurant prompted a huge firefighter response early Saturday morning January 19, 2019. Photo courtesy of LBFD.

The body of the fire was knocked down by 6:30 a.m., but the crawl space was still smoldering until full knock down at 9:48 a.m.

“Its one of those stubborn fires in the attic crawl space,” Fisk said. “It’s a lot of smoke, not a lot of fire.”

Despite that, the fire was labor intensive and quickly went to being classified as a 4-alarm fire purely to add more manpower. Firefighters had to use chain saws to open up the exterior of the roof to put out the smoldering parts, Fisk said.

No injuries have been reported so far.

LBFD requested assistance from Los Angeles County Fire Department, Orange County Fire Department, Downey Fire Department and Compton Fire Department to backfill the stations in the city during the incident.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated. 

 

 

Long Beach firefighters look for hot spots after a four-alarm fire at Islands restaurant at the Long Beach Town Center In Long Beach January 19, 2019. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Long Beach firefighters stand on the roof after a four-alarm fire at Islands restaurant at the Long Beach Town Center In Long Beach January 19, 2019. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Long Beach firefighters work their way down the ladders from the roof after a four-alarm fire at Islands restaurant at the Long Beach Town Center In Long Beach January 19, 2019. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Long Beach firefighters look for hot spots after a four-alarm fire at Islands restaurant at the Long Beach Town Center In Long Beach January 19, 2019. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Long Beach firefighter works his way up a latter after a four-alarm fire at Islands restaurant at the Long Beach Town Center In Long Beach January 19, 2019. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Long Beach Fire Department responds to a four-alarm fire at Islands restaurant at the Long Beach Town Center In Long Beach January 19, 2019. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Long Beach firefighters look for hotspots after a four-alarm fire at Islands restaurant at the Long Beach Town Center In Long Beach January 19, 2019. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

Long Beach firefighters carry out items from the restaurant after a four-alarm fire at Islands restaurant at the Long Beach Town Center In Long Beach January 19, 2019. Photo by Thomas R Cordova

A small attic fire at Islands restaurant prompted a huge firefighter response early Saturday morning January 19, 2019. Photo by Tim Grobaty.

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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 Cal State University, 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, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.
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