A large plume of smoke could be seen from the freeways and nearby neighborhoods.
Playground company representative Eric Lewis said that he and Long Beach officials just entered the early stages of replacing the playground. “We all wanna see this thing get fixed,” he said. “It has our full attention.”
The LBFD said one patient was assessed for possible smoke inhalation, but nobody was seriously hurt.
“It was just kind of devastating ‘cause I know a lot of the kids like to play with that, and a lot of people go to the park for that,” one local said.
More than 40 firefighters between nine engines helped extinguish the fire within 30 minutes, a fire department spokesman said.
Firefighters were dispatched to the Willow Street restaurant at 12:15 p.m. and found it ablaze with “heavy fire,” according to the LBFD.
The fire was put out in about 20 minutes, but left hazy air and the smell of smoke in the Downtown area.
Three adults and one child were inside the home when the fire started. Though no serious injuries were reported, an elderly man was treated for smoke inhalation, fire officials said.
The Thursday afternoon fire started around 2:30 p.m. and took about 20 minutes for the fire crews to put down.
Though no injuries were reported, two families were displaced from their homes because the fire damage was so bad.