Seventh Street Fire Displaces Family of Three, Kills Cat

7th street fireA family of three was displaced after a Saturday afternoon fire at their Long Beach residence, which left one of their two pet cats dead, according to the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD).

Firefighters responded to the 1900 block of Seventh Street—near popular Long Beach bar Que Sera—at about 3:20PM, at which time they found heavy fire coming from the second floor of a two-story duplex, LBFD spokesman Mark Miller said.

The fire was extinguished about 12 minutes later. Fire officials do not know where exactly the fire started but did say the fire went through the walls into the attic.

No one was home at the time of the fire. 

One of the family’s pet cats died at the scene while the other was rescued by fire personnel and subsequently taken by Animal Control, Miller said. 

The family, two adults and a minor, were taken into care by Red Cross personnel. 

Five engine companies, one truck company, two paramedic rescue trucks and one battalion chief vehicle responded to the incident, according to Miller.

The fire remains under investigation. 

Photo above courtesy of Sherwood Souzankari.

This story was updated on 2/8/16 at 9:50AM with a tweet from the LBFD regarding rescue efforts of a pet cat. 

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.