Trash fire spreads near Downtown Walgreens; no injuries reported

The Long Beach Fire Department neutralized a trash fire that had expanded near a Walgreens store near Sixth Street and Long Beach Boulevard at about 4 p.m. Saturday.

LBFD spokesman Jack Crabtree said the fire had grown near a homeless encampment significantly, which prompted multiple calls for service, however, no injuries were reported.

The fire did cause damage to a storage container in a parking lot near the Walgreens, but the flames did not reach the structure.

At its peak, about 19 firefighters responded to the call, but the fire was controlled by one fire engine company, Crabtree said.

LBPD arson investigators were at the scene.

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