Photo by John Schreiber.

A massive fire in an industrial area of Compton lit up the sky Friday morning, engulfing piles of wooden pallets and spreading to multiple buses in an adjacent bus yard.

The fire was reported about 4:45 a.m. near Santa Fe and Banning avenues, and a huge plume of black smoke could be seen for miles.

Firefighters from the Compton, Long Beach and Los Angeles County fire departments were sent to the scene.

The firefighters were working to prevent the flames from spreading outside the perimeter of the commercial property, an effort that was continuing nearly two hours after the fire was first reported.

Problems were reported in maintaining water pressure at the location, and some power lines reportedly were downed, according to reports from the scene.

The cause of the fire was unknown. No injuries were immediately reported.

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