Firefighters Monday are battling a stubborn pallet fire in downtown Los Angeles, which has morphed into a hazardous materials incident, authorities said.
Los Angeles Fire Department crews were dispatched at 12:21 p.m. to 1100 E. 16th St., to what they’ve described as “a deep-seated fire” without a large amount of active flames burning within pallets of hand sanitizer, which is clean burning.
Firefighters, in full personal protective equipment, began using foam to suppress flammable vapors, while limiting overall water usage. Sand was ordered for a damming operation at Paloma Street and 18th Street, towards East Washington Boulevard, according to LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.
“The original (call) was reported as a rubbish fire and now is a HazMat response,” Stewart said.
There were some vehicles near the fire that firefighters moved to a safer location, she said.
“The safest operation is to allow the product to burn off while ensuring it doesn’t damage any vehicles,” Stewart said.
The State Water Resources Control Board and county Health Department were notified about the incident, Stewart said, noting that area was being contained by the damming operation to limit any water runoff.
No injuries were reported.