Stubborn fire forces evacuations at LA port

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wharf fire at the Port of Los Angeles is forcing the evacuation of people from a warehouse and two terminals and the removal of ships and boats from the area.

An LA fire spokeswoman says about 150 firefighters had the bulk of the blaze contained about 2 ½ hours after it started Monday night, but stubborn flames underneath the docks were proving hard to reach.

The blaze was attacked with helicopters and trucks, but fireboats were the only thing that was effective.

The fire burned under a warehouse with large metal coils inside. Four workers were safely evacuated.

The blaze sent huge billows of dark smoke into the night sky in the first hour it burned. Two terminals were evacuated because of the smoke.

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