Two dogs injured in Alamitos Beach apartment fire

Two dogs were transported to the veterinarian’s office by their owner after an apartment fire on the 1400 block of E. Third Street Thursday morning.

Firefighters with the Long Beach Fire Department responded to a call for a structure fire at 8:50 a.m. The fire was contained to one apartment and was quickly knocked down, according to Battalion Chief Cory Fackiner.

Marissa García, a neighbor, ran over to the apartment where the fire took place after smelling the smoke.

“I went to knock on the door; the smoke was coming out of the apartment,” said García , whose children were in the apartment upstairs getting ready for school.

Long Beach Firefighter Paramedic Michael Thurston, left, and Will Montgomery gave two pitbulls oxygen after firefighters pulled the two dogs out of a burning apartment In Long Beach Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

When García and another neighbor tried to open the door to the apartment, they realized it was blocked by two pitbulls.

The owner took possession of the dogs, who suffered from smoke inhalation, after the fire department fed them additional oxygen through a special mask fitted for cat and dog snouts.

The condition of the dogs is unknown, but “they were seemingly OK,” according to a fire department spokesperson.

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Alena Maschke writes about all things business and beyond for the Long Beach Business Journal/Long Beach Post. Born and raised in Germany, she first fell in love with California during an exchange year at UCLA. After receiving her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 2017, she returned to the Golden State with an appetite for great stories, pupusas and the occasional Michelada.
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