A man has died from his injuries following an apartment fire Saturday afternoon in Belmont Shore, according to authorities.
The blaze began around 2:30 p.m. Saturday at a two-story apartment building in the 100 block of Nieto Avenue. When fire crews arrived, there was heavy smoke emanating from the second-floor bedroom of one of the apartment units, Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Jack Crabtree said.
Firefighters worked quickly, Crabtree said, extinguishing the fire within three minutes of getting to the scene. Meanwhile, rescue crews located a man suffering from burn-related injuries on the second floor of the building and pulled him out, Crabtree said.
After pulling him out, firefighters performed CPR on the man and then transferred him to a local hospital, where he was in critical condition, authorities said. The LBFD reported Sunday morning, though, that the man had died from burn- and smoke-related injuries.
At this time, the victim has only been identified by authorities as a man in his 40s.
No other injuries were reported, fire officials said, adding that investigators also responded to the scene to determine the cause of the fire.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that the man has died.
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