Fire in Ocean Blvd. Apartment Building Causes Partial Evacuation, Road Closures

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Two people were displaced and are being evaluated for minor injuries after an apartment fire caused the partial evacuation of a high-rise residential building near Ocean and Alamitos this evening.

The Long Beach Fire Department received a call at 6:29PM on Tuesday regarding flames showing from a sixth-floor apartment in the building at 600 Ocean Blvd, according to LBFD spokesperson Mark Miller.

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The fire was extinguished by 6:50PM, 51 minutes after the initial call. Parts of the 16-floor residential high-rise were evacuated, and two residents are being evaluated for minor injuries and possible smoke inhalation.

Approximately fifteen residents were displaced due to smoke and water damage to the building, according to the LBFD.  The American Red Cross was on scene to assist with accommodations.

Seven engine companies, two truck companies, and two ambulances—totaling 59 firefighters—responded to the two-alarm fire, according to Miller.

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LBFD says the cause of the fire is not currently known, and is under investigation.

At the time of writing, traffic is being diverted away from the area, and drivers are advised to take an alternate route.

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