A fire at an assisted-living facility at the 3100 block of East Artesia Boulevard in north Long Beach on Sunday, Dec. 22 injured three residents and displaced 38 residents from the structure that sustained heavy smoke and water damage, according to fire authorities.
Long Beach Fire Department (LBFD) resources responded to the 3100 block of East Artesia Boulevard for a reported structure fire at 4:21pm, according to a statement from LBFD. Though fire officials couldn’t confirm the name of the assisted-living facility, the address is of The Chateau, an assisted-living facility for seniors and mentally disabled individuals. LBFD officials said it took approximately 10 minutes to extinguish the fire.
On arrival, units reported heavy smoke on the second floor of the facility. The fire was contained to one bedroom, and residents were evacuated. The structure sustained heavy smoke and water damage requiring residents to be displaced to another facility, according to LBFD. Three residents were transported to local hospitals for “minor chief complaints.” The Long Beach Health Department responded to evaluate the facility.
Matthew Dobberpuhl, spokesperson for LBFD, said a total of 38 residents were displaced from the facility that sustained “extensive damage due to [the] sprinkler system and smoke.” He said residents were displaced to an “unknown” location and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.