A 53-year-old man was taken into custody in connection with a fire that broke out at a shipping container yard in Wilmington Wednesday.
Mark Munoz of Wilmington was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of arson of property, Los Angeles Police Department Officer William Cooper told City News Service. Munoz is being held on $50,000 bail.
Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters responded at about 3:10 p.m. to the grass and rubbish fire that was burning near multiple containers in the yard at 1420 Alameda St., near Pacific Coast Highway, according to the department’s Nicholas Prange.
Reports of loud explosions heard near the scene of the fire prompted the LAFD to dispatch a hazmat team to the yard along with 88 firefighters, who kept the fire contained to the yard and doused the blaze by about 4:10 p.m.
No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged in the fire, Prange said. LAFD hazmat teams determined the loud sounds reported were tires exploding rather than a more dangerous or toxic substance.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.