Los Angeles Firefighters Rapidly Extinguish Freeway-Adjacent Blaze in Boyle Heights

Los Angeles Firefighters Rapidly Extinguish Freeway-Adjacent Blaze in Boyle HeightsSource: Google Street View
Gabriela Martinez
Published on December 09, 2023

Firefighters quelled a blaze this morning along the NB 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights after palm trees caught fire and sparked several spots of grass and brush to burn, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. No structural damage or injuries were reported.

The incident began at approximately 8:34 AM, with the LAFD first responding to a fire involving a palm tree that had extended into the surrounding light grass and brush. Initially assessed as non-threatening to nearby structures and aided by the absence of wind, the department nonetheless called for additional resources due to the spread of the fires across multiple locations.

Ultimately, it took a team of 24 firefighters less than an hour to extinguish the flames. "KNOCKDOWN: 24 firefighters extinguished the fires in 40 minutes with no injuries reported," the LAFD said in a statement obtained by the Los Angeles Fire Department's alert. This efficient response prevented the incident from escalating further and ensured that the public remained safe from potential harm.