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Fire at Wilmington train yard sends thick black smoke into sky over South Bay, Long Beach

WILMINGTON, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A fire broke out at a train yard in Wilmington, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air over the South Bay and Long Beach area Wednesday afternoon.

The blaze was first reported just after 2:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of North Alameda Street. Aerial footage from AIR7 HD showed an outdoor yard with tires, machinery and commercial rubbish on fire. Black smoke filled the skies.

Firefighters say loud noises were heard during the fire so a hazardous materials team was dispatched as a precaution. Firefighters later determined the sounds were tires exploding and not toxic materials.

The Los Angeles Fire Department, with help from county fire, deployed 88 firefighters, using ladder pipes and large hand lines to battle the flames.

By 3:30 p.m., firefighters appeared to have the flames well under control and down to smoldering debris. A knockdown was declared at 4:11 p.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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