Monday Night Fire Displaces Elderly Woman in Long Beach

An elderly woman was displaced late Monday night when a fire broke out in her home in the 1600 block of Gundry Avenue, Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) spokesman Jake Heflin said.

Firefighters were dispatched to the location of the fire at 11:49PM on Monday, June 8, arriving about three minutes later to find moderate smoke coming out of the single-story, single-family dwelling, according to Heflin.

The woman was rescued unharmed.

The fire—isolated to the kitchen and rear portion of the house—was knocked down two minutes past midnight.

About 24 firefighters were on scene. The woman received a SAVE card and was assisted by the Red Cross.

The incident follows a heavy fire that displaced three residents of a duplex Wednesday, June 3, in the 2000 block of Orange Avenue.

Firefighters were dispatched to that fire at 2:03AM, arriving at 2:08AM to find the home with heavy fire, Heflin said.

According to fire officials, one unit sustained smoke damage while the other unit sustained damage by the fire and overhaul efforts by firefighters. About 20 firefighters were on scene.

Two persons resided in the unit with smoke damage, including a man confined to a wheelchair. He was evacuated from the residence before firefighters arrived.

Only one man resided in the unit affected by the actual fire.

The Red Cross was requested for the residents.

The fire was put out at 2:18AM.

Both fire incidents are under investigation, Heflin said.

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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.
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