Fire Displaces 16 People in South Wrigley Neighborhood of Long Beach


An accidental stove fire in the South Wrigley neighborhood of Long Beach struck a 19-unit apartment complex Friday evening, displacing 16 people and culminating in no injuries.

According to the Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD), the firefighters responded to reports of a structure fire on the 2000 block of Chestnut Avenue, where heavy smoke and fire was visible from the second story of a 19-unit, two-story complex. 

Three firetrucks arrived and a second fire alarm was requested. The fire was quickly confined to its unit of origin shortly after 5:51PM, an LBFD release stated, and one person was evacuated via ground ladders. 

While significant smoke damage hit the building on the second floor and three units received damage during the firefighting operations, all residents were evacuated, unscathed. 

Five families (16 people) were displaced by the fire, of whom the American Red Cross is providing support. Three individuals were treated at the scene, based on complaints of smoke inhalation, and released. 

On scene fire investigators determined the fire was caused by materials accidentally combusting on a stove, the release stated. 

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