LONG BEACH, Calif. (FOX 11) - A woman was killed and a man injured in a fire at a condominium complex in Long Beach, authorities said.
Neighbors at the Belmont Beach Condominium complex reported hearing a series of explosions coming from a unit around 11:20 p.m. Monday. The multi-level condominium on 38th Place then burst into flames.
A husband and wife and their cat were inside the unit at the time, authorities said.
The man was able to get out of the residence. Braving intense flames and heavy smoke, Long Beach Firefighters went inside to rescue the woman, said to be in her 60’s.
The woman was rushed to a local hospital where she later died, authorities said. Neighbors told FOX 11 she had been ill recently, bedridden and on oxygen.
The man was taken to a local hospital, identified by neighbors as a prominent Los Angeles County judge.
The family cat also died in the fire.
The condo unit was destroyed in the flames. The fire department said two other condominiums suffered water damage.