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Long Beach firefighters extinguished a 2nd alarm fire at a house in the Lakewood Village neighborhood of Long Beach early Saturday morning.


Details:

The blaze occurred in the garage and then spread to the attached house just before 7 a.m., on the 4100 block of Greenbrier Road.

  • LBFD spokesperson Brian Fisk told the Post that three adults and one child were inside the house, but they escaped into the backyard.

  • One person was treated & released for smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

  • The fire department posted a picture on Twitter of a car parked in front of a fire hydrant with a firehouse laced on top of the hood, writing, "Parking in front of a fire hydrant can slow us down...sometimes."



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According to authorities, multiple unoccupied school buses were scorched by a small brush fire along the 405 Freeway near the Long Beach- Signal Hill border on Thursday.

Details:

Long Beach Fire Department spokesperson Brian Fisk says, the blaze occurred around 2:30 p.m., in the brush along the 405 Freeway off-ramp at Orange Avenue. The fire expanded through a chainlink fence to a school bus yard next to the off-ramp to the freeway.

🧯: At least three school buses were destroyed in the accident

🧯: There were no injuries recorded.

🧯: Along that section of the highway, there is a homeless encampment, but Fisk could not confirm whether that was the cause of the fire

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Long Beach Public Library is launching Tech To-Go, a new Chromebook device, and Mifi hotspot lending service to support students to support students.


Why it matters:

As a result of the pandemic, "School libraries have become tech hubs for educators teaching from home, while public libraries have worked to expand access to the internet, with many keeping their building's WiFi on even when buildings were closed, so patrons can get internet access from the parking lot." KQED writes.

  • According to an NPR study, digital book loans have increased dramatically, with children's e-book checkouts more than doubling since the COVID-19 closures began.

📚 So, how its going to work:

Full-access library cardholders 18 years and older can order devices online or call the library directly starting April 15. Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., staff members are available to assist you. Reservations are needed to be made at least one day ahead of time. Students can borrow devices for up to two weeks.

  • Automatic web filters are built into Tech To-Go applications, including Google SafeSearch for all Chromebook sessions and high-school level filters on Mifi hotspots.

  • The Mifi filters are aimed at students, but non-students may use the devices to look for work.

  • Parents or guardians must use their library cards to borrow the devices for youths who are younger than 18 years old. Device pick-up begins April 20

👉The new Tech To-Go service is available at all LBPL To-Go locations:

  • Billie Jean King Main Library, 562.570.7500

  • Bay Shore, 562.570.1039

  • El Dorado, 562.570.3136

  • Bret Harte, 562.570.1044

  • Los Altos, 562.570.1045

  • Mark Twain, 562.570.1046

  • Michelle Obama Libraries, 562.570.1047

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