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Capt. Dave Rosa, Long Beach (CA) Fire Department, shot & killed at senior high-rise fire

Second firefighter wounded Monday morning

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The firefighter who died as officials responding to a fire and shooting at a retirement home in Long Beach Monday morning had been with the department for 17 years, officials said.

Dave Rosa, 45, had also served as captian of Fire Station 10 for the last six and a half years, Long Beach Fire Chief Mike Duree said.

He leaves behind a wife and two children, Duree added.

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Firefighters knocked down the fire at about 4 a.m. and reported a strong smell of gasoline coming from a unit in the high-rise building. About eight minutes later, police received a report of shots fired from the residence.

Aerial video showed a fire engine ladder extended to the balcony of one of the residences. The unit’s window appeared to have been blown out, possibly by the explosion.

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