The fire in the 800 block of Rancho Drive broke out just before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Long Beach Fire Department statement, which gave this account of what happened next:
As firefighters were responding to the scene, the off-duty chief, having noticed smoke pouring from a neighbor's house, entered a back door as another neighbor used a hose to try to douse flames from outside.
As he found the kitchen on fire, the battalion chief heard a faint voice from deeper inside the house, followed it and found the woman slumped over a chair. He pulled her to safety, then went back in to check for more occupants; there were none.
Firefighters arrived and put out the blaze. The woman rescued by the chief was taken to a hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. The chief's name was not released.
Source: Press Telegram Long Beach - Link
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