Large fire in Wilmington sends smoke over Long Beach area

About 88 firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department and units from the county fire department responded to a grass and rubbish fire that burned through several shipping containers near 1420 N. Alameda St. in the Wilmington area.

The call about the fire went out at about 2:38 p.m. There were no reported injuries, and fire crews were able to handle the fire by 3:48 p.m., LAFD spokesman Nicholas Prange said.

Crews went into a defensive mode, and officials on the scene reported multiple explosions, Los Angeles County fire officials told City News Service.

The department said that reports of the loud explosions heard nearby prompted hazardous-materials crews to respond to the fire as well. Prange said fire investigators are still not sure what may have been inside the containers when the fire broke out.

Editor’s note: This is a breaking news story check back for updates.

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Sebastian Echeverry is the North Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of his grant-funded position with the Long Beach Post. If you want to support Sebastian's work, you can donate to his Report for America position at lbpost.com/support.
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