Sunday, June 06, 2010

Stubborn Junk Yard Fire in Harbor Wilmington area still buring 11 hours after it started

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Photo from KCAL
By Randy Economy
Wilmington, CA
June 6, 2010
12:10 a.m.

That stubborn auto scrap/junk yard fire is still causing problems some 11 hours after it began  in the Wilmington, Harbor City, San Pedro part of Los Angeles.

So far, more than 100 firefighters have fought the large fire at an auto scrap yard Saturday in the San Pedro/Wilmington/Harbor City area of Los Angeles.

Water shortages and difficult access has made it difficult to fight the blaze, but firefighters are beginning to get the upper hand on the situation.

Fire personnel were sent to 1900 block of North Blinn Avenue, near Pacific Coast Highway, at 11:34 a.m.
According to the fire department, the fire was still burning ferociously and sending up a huge plume of smoke near the Port of Los Angeles 100 minutes after the first dispatch.

You could see the black smoke all over Southern California.  Here in Cerritos where I live, the black smoke clouds were in a long trail that was running west to east in the deep blue summer sky.

A "major emergency fire" status was declared by the fire department at 2:33 p.m. and all training exercises across the city were cancelled.  A commander at the scene said water supplies were insufficient and the fire was burning in a large metal pile, making it difficult to get to the flames, comparing it to "a football field full of metal."

Heavy truck traffic entering adjacent dockyards was also hindering the movement of fire trucks.  So, avoid this area for a while longer till this fire is over.

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Hews, Economy Featured on The Tim Conway Jr. Show on KFI Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and Reporter Randy Economy were featured on KFI AM 640 on the Tim Conway Jr. Show on Thursday, October 17 to discuss the arrest of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, Property Tax Agent Ramin Salari and Assessor Major Property Appraiser Mark McNeil on dozens of felony charges. The segment was broadcast live to millions of listeners throughout the Western United States. LCCN will post additional interviews by Mr. Hews and Mr. Economy in the future.

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Los Cerritos Community Newspaper’s exclusive groundbreaking coverage into the corruption probe at the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office is now the focal point of a multi part series that began airing Wednesday night on Fox News 11 in Southern California.

LCCN was the first media outlet to break the story about the massive criminal investigation that has now gripped the entire Los Angeles County Hall of Administration. “We thank Fox News for recognizing featuring Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in their coverage,” said Brian Hews, President and Publisher of Hews Media Group.

“LCCN has been working with dozens of media outlets across the country on this massive scandal for the past eight months,” Hews said.

Featured in this report is LCCN Investigative Reporter Randy Economy who tells about how the community newspaper was able to “piece the puzzle together” that has resulted in the arrest of one former property appraiser, and the recent departure of Assessor John Noguez on a “paid leave of absence.”

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