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Flames Rip Through Long Beach Apartment, Killing 1

One person was killed Monday night in a fire at a two-story apartment building in Long Beach, authorities said.

It was reported at 7:22 p.m. 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 at 7:25 p.m. 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 of 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.

A spokesman for the Long Beach Fire Department said that investigators are trying to determine whether the building had smoke detectors. 

The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Long Beach Fire Department and police homicide detectives, Heflin said.

The man who died in the apartment where the fire started has not yet been identified. 

The Red Cross and a local non-profit are assisting residents displaced by the fire.

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