Pallets Burn in South L.A. Lumber Yard


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Investigators worked this morning to determine what sparked a fire in a lumber yard in the unincorporated Florence-Firestone area of Los Angeles County near South Los Angeles, threatening nearby structures.

The fire was reported about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at a business in the 9400 block of Alameda Avenue, near 94th Street, and the first units on scene discovered pallets ablaze, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Firefighters began to attack the flames, but the fire jumped the street and prompted crews to pull back in order to protect several nearby structures, the department said.

The winds sent embers flying from the lumber yard, Los Angeles County fire Inspector Sky Cornell told ABC7.

“We did have one ember that made its way two blocks over and (started a fire) in a palm tree, which our firefighters quickly took care of,” Cornell said.

Video from the scene showed firefighters on ladders shooting water down onto the flames.

One firefighter suffered a cut hand, Cornell said.

Crews were able to get the blaze under control around 11 p.m.

No structures were reported damaged.

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