LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A leak from a 9,000-gallon gasoline tanker caused the vehicle to catch fire, which spread to one nearby home and ignited the atmosphere in storm drains, injuring at least two people and sending a huge plume of smoke into the sky over South Los Angeles this morning.
Two people were hospitalized with serious injuries, firefighters said, but there was no information on their age or gender.
It was reported at 7:45 a.m. at 216 W. Slauson Ave. Arriving units found “heavy fire coming from storm drains exposing structures. Man hole cover(s) have been displaced due to underground pressure,” according to the Los Angeles fire Department.
An official with the LAFD said one family was displaced from a two- story, single-family dwelling.
There was no active fire as of 9:45 a.m., but 72 firefighters were at the scene and an investigation was ongoing, officials said.