Two Residents Critically Injured in Long Beach (CA) Apartment Fire

Two people were hospitalized in critical condition following a fire at an apartment building in Long Beach, reports

Long Beach fire officials said the blaze ignited shortly before 2 a.m. in the 400 block of Chestnut Avenue.

Police officers who were patrolling the area were flagged down by a resident who informed them of the fire at the Fairmont Apartments.

One of the officers found two people trapped in a bedroom in an apartment in the rear of the structure. Officials said there were metal security bars on the windows which prevented the two from escaping the flames.

That officer used a 4-by-4 piece of wood to pry the bars open. He was able to get one of the trapped individuals, a 41-year-old man, out of the apartment. Two other officers arrived on scene and were able to get the second resident, a 33-year-old woman, out.

“I think the fact that they were able to be in proximity and were able to think and act decisively to save life, it really is a testament to their courage and their character,” said Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin.

The two were transported to a local hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries. They were listed in critical condition.

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