Someone deliberately started a fire near the Marathon oil refinery in Wilmington on Wednesday, October 13, causing a fire to several shipping containers, according to police who detained a man seen near the origin of the fire.
Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Pranz said the fire was reported at 2:38 p.m. in the 1400 block of North Alameda, about 1,000 feet from the Marathon Los Angeles refinery. It engulfed several shipping containers and trailers before being brought under control by firefighters on Wednesday afternoon, causing a plume of smoke.
Pranj said firefighters heard burning tires exploding as they were standing on the stairs and sprinkling water on the fire from afar. The fire was brought under control by 4:40 pm, neither any structure was damaged nor any casualty was reported.
The cause of the fire was being investigated. Preliminary investigations suggest that someone may have intentionally started the fire, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Bradley Hearn said. The LAPD sergeant said police detained a man seen near his native location, who he said was “involved” in the fire.
Staff writer Kevin Sablan contributed to this story.
This is a developing story.