Carson (Spicela) The Independent: — Firefighters battled a massive fire Thursday that started in a pallet yard in Carson and quickly spread to nearby industrial buildings.
The fire was reported at approximately 2:12 p.m. at 16325 S. Avalon Blvd. More than 200 firefighters were at the site battling the flames.
The Los Angeles Fire Department has deployed 12 personnel and one battalion chief to assist Los Angeles County Fire Department units.
Large stacks of cardboard packed together were seen densely burning from the Sky 9, with several flaming papers flying over and set ablaze elsewhere on the property. The gusty winds seemed to ignite the flames and black smoke.
Inspector John Matheny of the Los Angeles County Fire Department said the business is a kind of distribution center and stores a large amount of combustible materials.
An investigation is underway to see if barrels of hand sanitizer caught fire and lit up the flames.
It also appears that the flame has erupted dangerously near electrical lines and a transformer nearby.
Businesses near the fire have been evacuated, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“They often told us to get out of the building because the building was starting to burn and we went into the office,” said Victor Shires, who works for a nearby carrier.
At least one truck was reportedly destroyed by the flames, and another one was seen burning.
Carson Station officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said traffic was severely affected in Alondra and Avalon, and drivers should avoid the area.
Three firefighters were said to have been injured. Officials said two people were treated at the scene and one was taken to hospital.