LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) – One person was found dead Sunday evening in a blaze at an apartment complex in Long Beach that prompted a father to jump off a second-story balcony.
The Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) reports the fire broke out sometime before 7:22 p.m. in the 5500 block of Dairy Avenue.
Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke and fire coming from a ground floor apartment. Firefighters entered the unit to find a person dead inside.
According to LBFD, the fire spread to the apartment directly above the unit that caught fire. A couple and their three children were inside at the time. To escape the flames, the father jumped off the balcony. He was transported to a hospital in stable condition. The mother and their three kids — ages 9, 7 and 4 – got out safely and did not have to be taken a hospital.
Another female was found on scene with minor injuries, LBFD said. She was being evaluated by paramedics, who were unsure how exactly she got hurt.
The circumstances of the fire and a financial estimate of the damage were not confirmed. The cause is under investigation.
The name of the victim was not released.