Seal Beach Retirees Lose Homes to Fire

A man was hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday after suffering burns and smoke inhalation in a stubborn fire that displaced several residents of a retirement community in Seal Beach.

The three-alarm blaze at a one-story building at Leisure World Community at Seal Beach Boulevard and Golden Rain Road was reported shortly after 11:05 p.m. Tuesday, drawing 60 firefighters who doused the flames in roughly 90 minutes, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Greg McKeown said.

One resident was taken to UC Irvine Medical Center in critical condition with burns and smoke inhalation, McKeown said.

Eight of the 10 units in the building sustained fire or smoke damage, but all of the building's residents were displaced by the blaze and receiving assistance from the Leisure World staff, he said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, McKeown said. He said damages are estimated at $1.3 million.

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