Fire crews were conducting salvage and overhaul operations Tuesday at the scene of a massive fire that badly damaged a South Los Angeles food processing plant. Photo via OnScene.TV.
Fire crews were conducting salvage and overhaul operations Tuesday at the scene of a massive fire that badly damaged a South Los Angeles food processing plant. Photo via OnScene.TV.

Fire crews were conducting salvage and overhaul operations Tuesday at the scene of a massive fire that badly damaged a South Los Angeles food processing plant.

The major-emergency fire was reported at 8:08 p.m. Monday at CLW Foods at 4020 S. Compton Ave., said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department. More than 170 firefighters responded and knocked down the blaze about three hours later.

The fire raced through the ductwork of the one-story concrete building, which is used to process ground beef, eventually burning through the roof and forcing firefighters to fight the flames defensively — from outside the structure — before gaining control of the blaze.

Two hazardous materials teams worked to identify the chemicals in and around the structure, Stewart said.

Some explosions were heard, which Stewart said were likely propane tanks on forklifts inside the structure, but no injuries were reported and all workers who were present at the time of the fire were evacuated.

Members of the LAFD’s Arson Unit were on scene to investigate the cause, Stewart said.

—City News Service

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