LA FREEWAY Engulfed: Massive Fire Sparks State of Emergency and Traffic Chaos
— A colossal fire erupted beneath a bustling Los Angeles freeway on Saturday, leading to significant traffic disruptions. The inferno originated in two storage areas that also served as a vast homeless encampment, prompting the closure of the busy freeway between Alameda Street and Santa Fe Avenue.
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass alerted residents to brace for an extended freeway closure. “Sadly, there’s no reason to believe this will be resolved in just a few days,” she commented. Aerial footage reveals the extensive damage inflicted by the pallet fire.
In reaction to the escalating crisis, Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency. This measure is designed to hasten repairs and alleviate the “anxiety of millions living in this region.” The timeline for reopening remains unclear.