Compton Fire personnel responded to the scene near Santa Fe and Banning Avenue after 4:30 p.m., officials said. Officials said the commercial complex includes a pallet yard, a transportation business and a family-owned mattress company.
The fire started in the pallet yard and, according to officials, spread to the nearby bus yard. Several structures were reduced to ruins, with at least a dozen bus scorching, several transformers reportedly exploded and electrical wires blown as the fire continued to rage.
A huge column of smoke was visible from several miles, including downtown Los Angeles.
The AIR7 HD was beyond the scene as sunlight illuminated the widespread damage. Fire crews surrounded the area as the flames of many parked school and charter-style buses in the neighborhood ripped through it – several of which appeared to be a total loss.
Flames also threatened houses that looked like nearby homes. It was not clear if the house was inhabited at that time.
Los Angeles County Fire Department and Downey Fire Department staff also responded to the scene. More than two hours after the first report of the fire, firefighters continued to work to prevent the flames from spreading outside the perimeter of the commercial area.
At 7:45 a.m., the fire was considered “under control,” but was not beaten. The HD7 HD footage showed some flames continuing to burn as the smoke filled the sky.
The Matrix Mattress owner family lives on site.
“I woke up at 4:30 in the morning, one of my uncles was roaring a fire,” Jimmy Valadez said.
Christian Hernandez, among the H&H pallets, is among those who claim the fire hydrants did not work when the fire crew arrived.
“I guess the hydrants weren’t on it. It took a full while to get started,” he said.
Compton Fire officials confirmed to the Eyewitness News that “the water pressure was low.”
No injuries occurred.
GoFundMe was created for the Valadez family.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
The Associated Press contributed to the report.
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