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Authorities continued Friday their analysis of hazardous materials released by a spectacular fire at a Maywood warehouse where magnesium was being stored.The three-alarm fire on June 14 gutted the warehouse in the 3500 block of Fruitland Avenue that housed Gemini Plastic Enterprises, authorities said.
In addition to magnesium, other explosive materials such as copper, zinc and lead were present at the business, along with chemicals and propane, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Chief Daryl Osby.
The fire sparked a series of strong explosions that sent a thick plume of noxious smoke over the region and resulted in evacuations.
In the aftermath of the blaze, a unified command was established that includes personnel from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department Health Hazardous Materials Division.
And earlier this week, authorities opened a Community Information Center for residents and businesses affected by the fire.
The center, at the corner of Everett Avenue and East 52nd Street in Maywood, will be open seven days a week, but will be closed on July 4. Its phone number is (323) 267-3843. More information is at publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/fire.
— City News Service
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