Calif. Firefighters Fall Through Staircase at Blaze

Two Long Beach firefighters were injured when they partially fell through a staircase while battling an apartment fire Friday afternoon.

One of the firefighters suffered burns to a hand through one of his gloves as it hit a metal railing as he was advancing the line when he fell, according to a press release from the department.

The conditions inside the blaze were intense and caused two other firefighters to sustain minor burns to their ears, neck and hands.

All of the injured firefighters were evaluated by paramedics and returned to duty.

Crews responded to the apartment building in the 2600 block of East 56th Street at approximately 1:19 p.m. and found a second story unit fully involved.

Firefighters begin ventilation operations from the roof as crews advanced into the structure. They were able to protect the surrounding units in the complex from the flames.

There was no one inside of the structure at the time of the fire.

The total damages incurred were estimated at over $350,000.