Firefighters are battling a fire at an apartment complex near PCH and Ximeno (above). Photo by Asia Morris.
Long Beach firefighters rescued three men from the fourth floor of an apartment building near the Traffic Circle after a blaze broke out below them Thursday evening, according to authorities.
The flames started around 7 p.m. in a unit on the third floor of a building on Ximeno Avenue near Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Matt Dobberpuhl said.
The first firefighters to arrive used a ladder to reach the men who were trapped above the blaze, Dobberpuhl said.
More firefighters arrived and were able to knock down the flames by about 7:15 p.m., according to the LBFD.
The blaze was mostly contained to the apartment where it started, Dobberpuhl said. It’s not yet clear what sparked the flames.
None of the rescued men were seriously hurt.
Around the same time, firefighters also doused a blaze burning at a house in West Long Beach, Dobberpuhl said.
That fire started around 7:40 p.m. in the 2100 block of Fashion Avenue and was doused within about 10 minutes, he said.
Nobody was seriously hurt in that blaze either, according to the LBFD.
#StructureFire please avoid the area of PCH and Ximeno in East Long Beach. We have a working 2nd Alarm Fire in a larger apartment complex. We will update as we hear more. @lbpost @KCBSKCALDesk @KNBC4Desk
— Long Beach Fire (@lbfirefighters) June 22, 2018