Long Beach Fire Department personnel were dispatched around 4:28 a.m. to the 5600 block of Atlantic Avenue after someone reported seeing fire coming from the strip mall.
Officials say the fire broke out sometime around 3:38 p.m.in the 1100 block of East Anaheim Street.
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.