Long Beach fire crews extinguish structure fire in North Long Beach

Multiple Long Beach fire crews were dispatched to a structure fire at a commercial building in a strip mall in North Long Beach Friday afternoon.

At 12:26 p.m., fire crews responded to a call on South Street and Atlantic Avenue at a four-unit, single-story strip mall, said fire department spokesman Brian Fisk.

The fire started in one unit, and jumped to another unit and an attic, he said, adding that crews extinguished the blaze by 12:40 p.m.

No one was inside the building and no injuries were reported, Fisk said. Investigators were on the scene to determine a cause.

Some witnesses said they smelled the smoke in the air.

“I only smelled the smoke and then I heard the windows break and smoke went out, so I called the firemen,” said Ana Chavez, a neighbor who had been having a yard sale.

A neighbor told the Post that the structure that burned was recently vacant, but had in the past served as a food distribution center for the homeless.

Long Beach fire crews put out a blaze that sparked inside an apparent food-distribution center in North Long Beach on Friday, Oc.t 9, 2020. Photo by Valerie Osier.

This story will be updated when more information is available.

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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 the Cal State 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 and two cats.