LONG BEACH — Firefighters scrambled to two fires Monday that displaced three families and slightly injured one firefighter, an official said Tuesday.
Fire units first responded to a structure fire in the 5000 block of East Garford Street at 4:32 p.m. Responding units found a fully-involved blaze in a first-floor apartment of a two story complex, said Fire Department spokesman Matt Dobberpuhl.
The fire just east of the Traffic Circle caused severe damage to the unit where the fire had started along with smoke damage affecting the unit above, according to the spokesman.
Two families were displaced and assisted by Red Cross.
One firefighter sustained minor burns to the top of both ears and was treated and released at St. Mary's Hospital, Dobberpuhl said, adding that there were no other injuries.
The cause of the fire has not been determined, and there is no estimate of the damage cost, Dobberpuhl said.
Later in the day, and a couple of blocks away, firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 5400 block of Las Lomas Street at 10:24 p.m.
Firefighters found a well-involved kitchen fire and smoke coming from the attic, Dobberpuhl reported.
The resident was home and was able to reach safety. However, the resident was displaced as a result of the fire and will be staying with family, the spokesman said.
The cause of the fire has not been identified, nor has the cost of the damage, Dobberpuhl said.