Trash truck catches fire, shuts down intersection in Bixby Knolls

Long Beach police shut down an intersection in Bixby Knolls on Wednesday afternoon when a trash truck caught fire just before 2:15 p.m., according to authorities.

It’s so far unclear how the fire started, but it closed the street at Orange Avenue and Del Amo Boulevard for nearly two hours.

No one was injured, but firefighters had to empty much of the trash to make sure the fire was fully extinguished, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jack Crabtree said.

The intersection was reopened around 4:10 p.m., a police spokeswoman said.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.