LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) – Firefighters found a man in his 50s dead inside a burning Long Beach apartment Tuesday morning.
At 2:16 a.m., Long Beach Fire Department crews responded to the apartment fire in the 1500 block of Magnolia Avenue.
According to LBFD spokesman Jake Heflin, firefighters found smoke coming from the second floor. They forced their way into one of the units, where they discovered heavy smoke and flames. As firefighters searched the apartment, they found a man’s body in a bedroom, Heflin said.
Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to any surrounding apartments. No other residents were displaced and there were no other injuries.
Investigators believe the fire was accidentally caused by the man smoking in bed, Heflin said. “Smoking materials” were found near the bed, he said.
The victim’s name was not released.