Pair of blazes damage homes, injure residents

A pair of fires, one possible sparked by an unattended candle, left two residents with minor injuries and displaced several more, according to a Long Beach Fire Department official.

It took firefighters five minutes to put out the first blaze that engulfed an attached garage of a West Long Beach home.

Units responded at 2:57 p.m. to the 2900 block of Gale Avenue after receiving a call at 2:54 p.m., said LBFD spokesman Jake Heflin. They found the garage fully involved in flames, he said.

The damage was confined to the garage, Heflin said.

Two residents suffered minor injuries but did not request transport to the hospital. The cause is under investigation.

The second blaze was in North Long Beach and displaced three residents, authorities said.

The fire was reported at 4:04 p.m. in the 300 block of East 67th Way, Heflin said. A caller told dispatchers they had left a candle burning inside the house, Heflin said.

Arriving units saw smoke coming from the eaves of the home. The fire was extinguished by 4:14 p.m., Heflin said.

The flames were confined to one bedroom but the rest of the house sustained significant smoke damage, he said.

There were no injuries reported.

This was the third reported house fire of the day in Long Beach.


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