Los Angeles fire engulfs shipping containers near bottlenecked port, nearly 100 firefighters respond

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Los Angeles firefighters responded Wednesday to a blaze not far from the Port of Los Angeles where shipping containers were in flames, authorities said. 

Several shipping containers were on fire Wednesday in a yard near the Port of Los Angeles, authorities said.  (KTTV)

A call came in just before 2:40 p.m. about a fire at a yard in Los Angeles' Wilmington neighborhood a few north of the busy port, the Los Angeles Fire Department told Fox News. Inside the yard were shipping containers, tires and other stored items.

A plume of black smoke was seen from long distances well beyond the site.

Firefighters extinguish a fire at a yard near the Port of Los Angeles on Wednesday.  (KTTV)

A department spokesman said 88 firefighters were at the scene and several shipping containers were on fire. The Los Angeles County Fire Department was also sending 10 more, the LAFD said. 

The blaze was extinguished in just over 90 minutes, the LAFD said. A hazmat investigation was initiated after loud explosions were heard but the sounds turned out to be exploding tires and not a dangerous toxin, the fire department said. 

Welding materials were found at the scene but it was determined they did not contribute to the fire. 

Fire trucks spray water onto a fire in a Los Angeles shipping yard.  (KTTV)


No injuries were reported. The blaze was contained to the yard and no structures were threatened. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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