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Fire engulfs South El Monte clothing warehouse

November 26, 2010 |  9:47 pm

Elmontefire580 More than 150 firefighters were battling a three-alarm blaze Friday night at a South El Monte garment distribution warehouse, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.

The fire was being fed by "heavy fuel" in the form of huge stacks of sweatshirts, which have a long burn time and pose the risk of reigniting even after containment, said fire Capt. Frank Reynoso.

The warehouse, in the 1800 block of Floridale Avenue, was surrounded by 15 fire engines, six aerial trucks and dozens of emergency support vehicles.

No evacuations were ordered. The area is strictly commercial and no one was believed to be in the warehouse when the fire was reported at 7:45 p.m. by a worker at a neighboring building, Reynoso said.

The cause of the blaze, which sent flames several stories high, was not immediately known.

Firefighters didn't have an estimated time of containment because of the massive amount of material that could keep the blaze going for hours, Reynoso said.

-- Carol J. Williams

Photo: Firefighters respond to the warehouse blaze. Credit: KTLA

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