Firefighters douse blaze that charred abandoned building in West Long Beach

Firefighters quickly handled a second-alarm fire that charred most of an abandoned commercial building in West Long Beach Thursday afternoon.

Nobody was hurt in the blaze, which sparked around 1 p.m.

Firefighters quickly headed to the blaze and found the metal-clad structure “fully involved” in fire when units arrived on scene, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Brian Fisk said.

Crews had the fire out quickly, but it did significant damage to the structure. Photo courtesy the Long Beach Fire Department.

Crews had the fire out quickly, but it did significant damage to the structure. Photo courtesy the Long Beach Fire Department.

After calling in more units, they quickly extinguished the blaze.

Crews are still investigating what caused the fire, which briefly sent a large column of black smoke billowing into the air where it was visible from Downtown.

A fire, seen from Downtown, burned a building in West Long Beach Thursday around 1 p.m., sending smoke billowing into the air. Photo courtesy of Sydney Richardson.

A fire, seen from Downtown, burned a building in West Long Beach Thursday around 1 p.m., sending smoke billowing into the air. Photo courtesy of Sydney Richardson.

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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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