Man Leaps to Death From Apartment Fire

A resident of a burning oceanfront high-rise apartment jumped to his death from an 18th-story balcony, authorities said. Full Story
Blair Ashton

Chatsworth, CA

#1 Mar 30, 2007
This is not a surprising situtation in Long Beach. The building the man leapt from was in better condition then most in this city. A lot of the buildings in Long Beach are 80-85 years old, not as tall, but suffering from a need of structual repair. Most have no more than the original wiring and plumbing with no possibility of upgrade. When these issues are brought to the attention of the owners, they only apply bandaid measures. The management company says it is the tenants fault, because they all have electrucal appliances. That is an amazing defense for the 21st Century in which nearly everyone has TVs, computers, microwaves and whatever else is the latest electronic system.As an example, if I want to run my toaster oven at the same time as my refrigerator, coffeepot, and a fan in the living room: it blows a fuse. I then have to pick my way through a dangerously cluttered closet down the main hallway to the circurit breaker box to flip the switch. When I return I have to reset my bedroom clock and unplug everything so I can cook my breakfast, lunch or dinner. The ancient wiring is only one problem, I could digress at length, I don't know who to turn to for help with these issues, as my calls for help are met with total deafness.
Tiffany

Spring, TX

#2 Mar 30, 2007
That is so teribly sad, that someone would have to choose their own death, get burt, or jump from a building and hope that you live through the fall. These building need to be upgraded, this should be a requirment!! For this to happen is insane!!
Bryen Gumbel

Long Beach, CA

#3 Mar 30, 2007
Blair,
You need to call building code and safety. Your
ISP shows Alamabra, where there are also some older
buildings. These were said to be upgraded after
the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake that affected
many parts of the older sections of Alhambra. If
you live in Long Beach, call Building Code and
Safety. They are particulary concerned with
Electrical issues, and do not let your landlord
intimidate you for calling about your problem.

Many landlords assume no one will call, and
therefore, these issues go unaddressed. Again,
I am not clear what city you live in, so it is
hard to direct you further. In either case, call
your city hall, ask for building and code
enforcement, and tell them the problem. They will
ask you the address of the building, and will
need your info, to inspect your unit. It is in
your ball court, unless you want to address this
directly with your landlord. I am quite sure he
would not want his building burning down.
Galaxy Towers was completed in 1966. There has
never been a kitchen fire until now. I own a unit
there, and really there has not been an issue.

The LB fire department is questioning how this fire
got so advanced. In other words, where was the
tenant when it started, and why did he not leave
the unit immediately. You may recall the Cooper
Arms in Long Beach, has a fire a few years back.

It was a bad situation, with a lot of damage,
but the first sight of fire, the fellow hit the
hall and he was out of there. In the Galaxy Towers
case, we will never know exactly what went down,
since the tenant was killed, jumping from the
balcony. It is indeed a tragedy, and do not let
this happen to you. If you are having electrical
issues, get on it with someone quick. Older
buildings were not equipped for so many appliances,
and some were built when there were was nothing
electrical but lamps and radios. It is the
landlords RESPONSIBILITY to provide a safe place
for their tenants to live. If it is not wired
or upgraded for todays living, this is the
responsibility of the owner to see that it is....
Good Luck,
Bryen
Bowser

Long Beach, CA

#4 Jun 30, 2013
Bryen Gumbel wrote:
Blair,
You need to call building code and safety. Your
ISP shows Alamabra, where there are also some older
buildings. These were said to be upgraded after
the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake that affected
many parts of the older sections of Alhambra. If
you live in Long Beach, call Building Code and
Safety. They are particulary concerned with
Electrical issues, and do not let your landlord
intimidate you for calling about your problem.
Many landlords assume no one will call, and
therefore, these issues go unaddressed. Again,
I am not clear what city you live in, so it is
hard to direct you further. In either case, call
your city hall, ask for building and code
enforcement, and tell them the problem. They will
ask you the address of the building, and will
need your info, to inspect your unit. It is in
your ball court, unless you want to address this
directly with your landlord. I am quite sure he
would not want his building burning down.
Galaxy Towers was completed in 1966. There has
never been a kitchen fire until now. I own a unit
there, and really there has not been an issue.
The LB fire department is questioning how this fire
got so advanced. In other words, where was the
tenant when it started, and why did he not leave
the unit immediately. You may recall the Cooper
Arms in Long Beach, has a fire a few years back.
It was a bad situation, with a lot of damage,
but the first sight of fire, the fellow hit the
hall and he was out of there. In the Galaxy Towers
case, we will never know exactly what went down,
since the tenant was killed, jumping from the
balcony. It is indeed a tragedy, and do not let
this happen to you. If you are having electrical
issues, get on it with someone quick. Older
buildings were not equipped for so many appliances,
and some were built when there were was nothing
electrical but lamps and radios. It is the
landlords RESPONSIBILITY to provide a safe place
for their tenants to live. If it is not wired
or upgraded for todays living, this is the
responsibility of the owner to see that it is....
Good Luck,
Bryen
I know this is an old post, but I never did hear what caused the Galaxy Towers fire, other than it started in the kitchen. For example, I'm wondering if it was a grease fire or if it was an electrical short/overload that caused it. Does anyone know?

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