According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department, crews were called to what was reported as a 2 fire alarm just before 9 a.m. in the building located on the 200 block of W Avenue L.
The #LIC It was balanced by a second alarm fire, which resulted in approximately 70 firefighters participating in the fight. The fire spread throughout the metal-clad building and possibly spread to five or six trailers. Knock down was reported at 10:02am.
Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFDPIO) April 11, 2022
The fire department said the fire quickly spread from the facility – where it originated – to trucks and trailers that were located nearby.
25 trucks and 10 trailers were damaged, according to authorities. A fire department spokesman said some UPS units were in the process of loading and unloading.
One person was sent to hospital with minor burns, although it is unclear if it was a UPS employee.
The fire department said 25 workers were safely evacuated from the building as 75 firefighters worked to put out the blaze. Authorities believe strong winds on Monday may have caused the fire to spread.
A video sent to Eyewitness News by a viewer showed a large billow of black smoke that could be seen billowing from a distance.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.
UPS has since released the following statement:
“We are cooperating with the local authorities at the scene but we don’t have additional information to share at this time.”
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