In the early hours of Saturday morning, approximately 164 firefighters from 26 Los Angeles Fire Department stations tirelessly battled a significant pallet fire in downtown Los Angeles. The blaze, situated in the 1700 block of East 14th Street, originated in a 40,000-square-foot pallet yard beneath the 10 Freeway at Alameda Street. The radiant heat from this initial fire triggered the flames to extend to a second adjacent pallet yard of similar size, located between Lawrence and Elwood streets, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Despite the intensity of the fire, diligent efforts by the firefighting crews prevented three commercial buildings from succumbing to the flames. While unfortunate, a fire engine and several cars fell victim to the blaze. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
As of 6:30 a.m., both the Los Angeles Fire Department and Cal Trans were actively engaged at the scene. Their tasks included extinguishing remaining hot spots, undertaking cleanup operations, and assessing the structural integrity of the affected roadway. The aftermath revealed broken concrete, melted steel, and damaged guardrails.
A representative from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) indicated that, at this juncture, it appears the road closure at the 10 Freeway interchange will extend for approximately 24 hours. The CHP spokesperson advised those planning to travel to downtown Los Angeles to proactively consider alternative routes, anticipating potential delays due to the closure. The long-term impact on weekday traffic remains uncertain, emphasizing the need for commuters to plan ahead and adjust their routes accordingly.