Tanker Truck with Almost 5,000 Gallons of Fuel Burns in L.A.

Los Angeles, CA—A tanker truck carrying nearly 5,000 gallons of fuel in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles overturned while negotiating a freeway ramp and caught fire this afternoon, sending a plume of black smoke into the air near downtown

Fire officials expected the scene would require an extensive cleanup operation once the fire is extinguished. The truck had an estimated capacity of 4,800 gallons of an unspecified type of fuel, some of which caught fire when the rear tanker overturned, a fire department spokesperson said.

About 128 firefighters battled the blaze near the interchange of the 5, 10 and 101 freeways, and multiple fire engines were on site. At least one home and one vehicle were damaged by fire.

Firefighters were on the scene to continue “cooling measures” to avoid a tank BLEVE.

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