Crews Make Progress On Fire Burning In Carson Pallet Yard – CBS Los Angeles

CARSON (CBSLA) — Firefighters battled an enormous fire Thursday that started in a pallet yard in Carson and quickly spread to adjacent industrial buildings.

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The fire was reported at about 2:12 p.m. at 16325 S. Avalon Blvd. More than 200 firefighters were on the scene, battling the blaze.

The Los Angeles Fire Department deployed 12 personnel and one battalion chief to assist Los Angeles County Fire Department units.

The fire sparked near the back of a commercial building where there is a lot of storage along with semi-trucks and trailers.

Large stacks of cardboard packed together densely were seen burning from Sky 9, with several flaming sheets flying up and sparking fires elsewhere on the property. Gusty winds appeared to be whipping up the flames and black smoke.

Inspector John Matheny of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said the business is some sort of distribution center and is storing a large amount of combustible material.

It was being investigated as to whether barrels of hand sanitizer caught fire, igniting the flames.

Flames also appeared to have sparked dangerously close to electrical lines and a transformer at an adjacent property.

Businesses near the fire were evacuated, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Victor Chaires who works at a nearby transportation company said, “Pretty much they told us to get out of the building because the building started to catch on fire and we went inside the office.”

The fire chief credited employees who rolled down doors of the building to keep the fire out of the inside of the warehouses.

L.A. County Fire Chief Daryl Osby said the wind was a big factor in the spread of the flames.

“As you cant tell by the fire that’s almost a city block, that has impacted three to five commercial structures, that we had a tunnel of wind going behind the buildings and between the buildings with a lot of outside storage. It’s paper, supplies, chemicals, alcohol wipes,” Osby said.

“I think our firefighters did an outstanding job as far as attacking the fire and then keeping the fire from significantly impacting the commercial structures.”

At least one truck trailer was reported to have been destroyed by the fire, and several others were seen burning.

“Knowing that there was containers of these things and they started to pop, luckily the explosions were somewhat contained in those containers, but it still got out of hand,” said Sam Samayon, a witness to the blaze.

Traffic was heavily impacted at Alondra and Avalon, and drivers should avoid the area, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Carson station officials said.

Three firefighters were said to have been injured. Two were treated at the scene and one was taken to a hospital, officials say.

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Crews say they expect to be on scene for most of the night fighting the remaining flames in containers.