Man in Custody After Barricading Himself Inside Long Beach Apartment Building, Threatening to Start Fire

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A man barricaded himself inside a Long Beach apartment building Monday night after allegedly threatening to start a fire, prompting officials to evacuate the area, officials said.

Long Beach police and fire officials respond to possibly armed man barricaded inside an apartment building on Jan. 2, 2017. (Credit Long Beach Fire Department)

Long Beach police and fire officials respond to possibly armed man barricaded inside an apartment building on Jan. 2, 2017. (Credit Long Beach Fire Department)

Long Beach Fire Department officials responded to the area of Ocean Boulevard and Chestnut Avenue about 9:50 p.m. for a report of a man who allegedly threatened to light a fire and burn the building, officials said on Twitter. 

Police were called to assist in the incident, said Lt. Kevin Coy. SWAT was also at the scene.

The man is believed to be armed and the building was evacuated, Coy said. Fire officials described him as being “hostile.”

Police asked residents to avoid the area.

At about 2 a.m., the Long Beach Fire Department announced the standoff was over.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

KTLA’s Geoff Peters contributed to this story. 

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