Officials Monday were trying to determine what started a massive fire that killed one person and injured others — including a man who jumped for his life from a second story — at an apartment building in Long Beach.
It was reported at the two-story garden-style apartment in the 5500 block of Dairy Avenue, said Long Beach Firefighter Jake Heflin.
The first engine company arrived Sunday night to find a first-floor unit well involved in fire, Heflin said.
During their primary search of the apartment, firefighters found a male and brought him out of the structure, he said. The victim was determined to have died at the scene.
Firefighters put out the flames at 7:40 p.m., Heflin said. The first- floor apartment sustained heavy damage and the unit above it sustained smoke damage.
Six people were evaluated for injuries by paramedics at the scene, he said. A 28-year-old man had leg injuries from jumping from the second-story balcony. His 26-year-old wife, 9- and 7-year-old sons and 4-year-old daughter were evaluated and treated at the scene, as was a 24-year-old woman cut by glass.
The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Long Beach Fire Department and police homicide detectives, Heflin said.
—City News Service
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