Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fire Breaks Out at Port of LA Terminal

A small fire broke out the morning of Oct. 15 at a shipping container facility at the Port of Los Angeles, but was extinguished in under an hour, according to the Los Angeles Fire Dept. No injuries or significant property damage was reported.

The blaze was reported about 7:34 am at the port’s TraPac container terminal.

According to the LAFD, the source of the fire was an electrical transformer, and that after working with the LA Department of Water and Power to ensure power to the transformer had been shut down, the fire was attacked and extinguished in less than 40 minutes.

“Firefighters applied foam and water, fire out,” LAFD spokeswoman Katherine Main said. “No injuries.”

The TraPac terminal, which covers about 173 acres, operates at Port of LA berths 135-139 and serves shipping companies Mitsui OSK Lines, APL Logistics, Hyundai Merchant Marine, CMA/CGM and CSAV.

The terminal is currently in the midst of a multi-year, $71.5 million improvement project. Over the next two years, new buildings and state-of-the-art truck entrance and exit gates are being constructed by contractors. The work is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015.
It is not yet known whether the fire was connected to the work at the terminal, which has been ongoing since early 2013.