Long Beach firefighters knocked down a fire at a two-story, boarded-up and abandoned home at the outskirts of Downtown Long Beach early Saturday morning.
Firefighters dispatched at 1:25 a.m. to the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and E. Nardo Court had the blaze out at 2:05 a.m., according to Long Beach fire spokesman Jake Heflin.
When firefighters first arrived, crews conducted an “offensive” approach toward the flames, meaning they entered the burning structure to fight the fire and look for potential victims, Heflin said.
Once crew leaders determined there was no one inside, they ordered the firefighters to exit the building as the building’s frame began to weaken. The roof of the building collapsed inward shortly after the fire crews got out of the building, Heflin said.
The firefighters transitioned into a “defensive” tactic to fight the flames, preventing the fire from jumping over to nearby houses, according to Heflin.
No injuries were reported. Heflin said fire investigators are working to determine what caused the blaze.
This is the second time the building has caught fire, the last time being in 2018. The house was used at one point as a sober living home, but fire crews on Saturday said the building was abandoned and boarded up.
2nd Alarm Structure Fire last night downtown around 1:30AM. Members were able to extinguish the fire preventing spread to other buildings. Fire under investigation.
— Long Beach Fire (@lbfirefighters) March 20, 2021
Editor’s note: This story was updated with more information about how firefighters cleared the flames.