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Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013 10:32 am

A 70-year-old Long Beach veteran was injured in a fire that broke out at the Long Beach Veterans Administration hospital early Friday morning, hospital officials said.

The man was being cared for at the hospital’s hospice unit when the blaze broke out, said Richard Beam, spokesman for the hospital.

The man was transferred to the burn center at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Beam said, adding that “we do not know his current condition.”

Long Beach Fire was called out to the hospital around 3:45 a.m., Beam said.

When they arrived, staff was evacuating other patients to safety. No one else was injured.

The hospital’s sprinkler system was activated and helped confine the fire to the patient’s room, officials said.

The unidentified man’s family has been notified, said Beams, adding the man had been admitted to the hospital only a few days prior to Friday morning’s fire. Beam did not know why the man had been admitted or his condition at the time of admission.

The incident is under investigation by Long Beach Fire. A cause was not released.

Contact Beatriz E. Valenzuela at 562-499-1466.