October 25, 2021

Suspect arrested in fire that burned shipping containers in Wilmington

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Someone intentionally sparked a fire that burned several shipping containers in a lot near the Marathon oil refinery in Wilmington on Wednesday, Oct. 13, according to police who arrested a suspect seen near the origin of the blaze.

The fire was reported at 2:38 p.m. on the 1400 block of North Alameda Street, about 1,000 feet away from the Marathon Los Angeles Refinery, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange said. It produced towering plumes of smoke as it engulfed several shipping containers and trailers before firefighters managed to contain it Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters could hear burning tires explode as they stood on ladders and sprayed water on the blaze from a distance, Prange said. The fire was extinguished as of 4:40 p.m. No structures were damaged, and no injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. It may have started along nearby train tracks before spreading to the yard, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Bradley Hearn said. Preliminary reports suggest someone may have sparked the blaze on purpose

Police arrested a person seen near its origin point who witnesses said was “involved” with the fire, Hearn said. The suspect’s name was not immediately released.

Staff writer Kevin Sablan contributed to this story.

 

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