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Suspicious Fire Damages Catalina Ferry Business In Long Beach, 1 Detained

LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – A person was detained Monday in connection with a suspicious fire early Monday that damaged a Long Beach building owned by a Catalina ferry business.

Fire Damages Catalina Ferry Business In Long Beach, 1 Detained
Firefighters battle a blaze at a building belonging to Catalina Express in Long Beach on April 1, 2019. (Long Beach Fire Department)

The fire was reported at 5 a.m. at a Catalina Express building at 1046 Queens Highway, about a block from the Queen Mary. It took Long Beach Fire Department crews about 30 minutes to knock down the flames. One firefighter suffered minor injuries.

A person was detained by Long Beach police.

The fire started outside the building and then spread inside to the attic and two of the walls, a fire department spokesperson told CBS2.

There was no immediate word on the exact cause of the fire or the extent of the damage.

A representative of the San Pedro-based company confirmed to CBS2 that the building was not an active operating terminal. It is owned by Catalina Express, but was being leased to Catalina Classic Cruises. Service for both companies was not effected as a result of the blaze.

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