Midnight brush fire next to 405 Freeway threatens home

Long Beach firefighters quickly extinguished a brush fire on the 405 Freeway near the Palo Verde Avenue exit shortly after midnight on Saturday, authorities said.

Firefighters were also dispatched to the 2400 block of Fanwood Avenue to protect a home from the flames. The backyard of the home backs up to the brush near the off ramp. The house was not damaged, but the fire did damage a fence that had to be removed for firefighter access, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin said.

Firefighters had the flames knocked down in less than 10 minutes, he said.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. No additional details are available.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. 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.