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Dog rescued, another badly injured in Long Beach blaze

November 9, 2009 | 11:12 pm
Long Beach firefighters rescued a dog from a smoky apartment fire today, but were unable to help another canine before it jumped from a third-story balcony and seriously injured its rear legs.

Long Beach Fire Fire engines responded within three minutes after the blaze was reported about 7:45 a.m. in the 400 block of East 3rd Street. But before the units arrived, the dog jumped from the balcony  and sustained serious injuries, the Long Beach Fire Department said.

The dog was taken to an animal hospital, but the owners may not be able to afford the treatment, fire officials said.

As crews began operations, they were able to save the second dog from the burning apartment, which was filled with thick black smoke. The dog's owners were not in the building at the time, the department said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

--Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Rescued dog on balcony. Credit: Long Beach Fire Department.