March 3rd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1930, Seal Beach Police Officers C.L. Mitchell and Kenneth Blackburn expanded beyond their law enforcement job description to dabble in firefighting. While making rounds, the two officers noticed flames from the roof of a home at 2200 Electric Lane. They rushed to the fire station, returned in the fire truck, and extinguished the fire before any serious damage was done.

Nothing was said of Mr. and Mrs. F.J. Miesson, the owners of the imperiled home, except that they were asleep when the Officers Mitchell and Blackburn noticed the flames. Their house and the entire neighborhood would disappear when the U.S. Navy took over Anaheim Bay in 1944.

– Michael Dobkins

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