Good morning and welcome to the KTLA Weekend Morning News at 7 o’clock. I’m Lauren, and I’m Pedro Vera.
Thank you for joining us on this Veterans Day. We hope you had a great day yesterday. There is a lot happening for veterans, and we are excited to share all the deals and events happening in Southern California.
Throughout our show, we will be honoring veterans. Now, let’s start with some breaking news in Downtown LA. The 10 Freeway is closed due to a large fire that broke out in a storage yard.
The freeway will remain shut down until structural engineers assess the damage, which could take some time. Our reporter, Sara Myers, is live in Downtown LA with the latest on the blaze. Aaron, you have been speaking to officials from multiple agencies. The video of this fire is quite dramatic.
Indeed, it was a massive fire. There was a lot to burn in those storage yards. Firefighters are still on the scene, even though the fire broke out just before 12:30 this morning. Some crews are still working on putting out hot spots and flare-ups.
Los Angeles City Firefighters responded to the 1700 block of East 14th Street, where the storage yard was fully engulfed in flames. Multiple trailers and pallets were burning, and the fire extended to a second storage area, exposing more structures.
Extra resources were called in, making it a major emergency structure fire. Fortunately, firefighters were able to protect commercial buildings, but several vehicles and one fire truck were damaged.
A total of 26 fire companies and over 160 firefighters were on the ground battling the blaze. The LA DWP also assisted by boosting water pressure in the area.
As of now, firefighters have not declared a knockdown, as they are still dealing with flare-ups and hotspots. They have brought in special equipment, including a firefighting robot, to remove heavy debris.
They are cautious about sending firefighters under the freeway due to potential collapse..