LONG BEACH, Calif. – A four-alarm fire in Long Beach Sunday damaged a vacant strip mall that was undergoing renovations, authorities said.
Firefighters were dispatched at 3:40 a.m. to Anaheim Street and Olive Avenue, said Capt. Jack Crabtree of the Long Beach Fire Department.
Early this morning #YourLBFD responded to a large commercial fire in a vacant strip mall that was undergoing renovations. The fire occurred near the intersection of Anaheim Street and Olive Avenue. pic.twitter.com/Uxro0fU7dU— Long Beach Fire (CA) (@LBFD) December 11, 2022
“The majority and bulk of the fire has been extinguished (as of 11 a.m.),” said Crabtree, adding that the department had yet to announce an official knockdown time.
“Defensive fire operations were used to extinguish the fire due to significant fire progression and wind conditions encountered during this incident,” fire officials said. The firefighting effort caused “a significant draw down of the fire resources in Long Beach,” and Long Beach authorities requested assistance from the Los Angeles County Fire Department to backfill their fire stations and provide additional resources at the scene of the fire.
No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire was under investigation.