The firefighter was pulled out of the blaze after calling for help on his radio and taken to a hospital in an unknown condition.
When fire crews arrived, they witnessed heavy flames coming from the back of a one-story commercial building and one of its garage areas, prompting the second-alarm response, Long Beach Fire Cpt. Jack Crabtree said.
The garage was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, according to the OCFA, but crews were able to keep the blaze from spreading to the attached home.
Fire crews rushed to Locust Avenue and 10th Street at around 2:40 p.m. after reports of heavy smoke emanating from a commercial building.
“It doesn’t help me to cry or be mad about it,” Brenae Gross says. “We’re lucky nobody got hurt.”
“It was all black smoke and then the roof collapsed,” one resident said.
The same historic tunnel caught fire two months ago on March 3.
After the second floor collapsed in one of the affected areas, fire personnel transitioned to a defensive strategy, using the ladder pipe to extinguish the blaze from above, fire officials said.
The fire broke out just before 4 p.m. at the American Gold Star Manor, located in the 3000 block of Gold Star Drive, authorities said.
A dumpster fire that spread to a two-story apartment building in Central Long Beach displaced five residents and a pet Sunday afternoon, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jack Crabtree said.