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Fire shuts down Interstate 10 freeway, state of emergency declared

Pictured is the I-10 fire that occurred Saturday. The fire caused a section of the freeway to close indefinitely. (Juliet Zhang/Daily Bruin)

By Sharla Steinman

Nov. 13, 2023 9:29 p.m.

The city closed a section of the Interstate 10 freeway in downtown Los Angeles because of a fire early Saturday morning, according to the Emergency Management Department.

Gov. Newsom declared a state of emergency Saturday calling for the cleanup and repair of the I-10 and directing Caltrans to potentially request assistance using the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program.

A pallet yard near Downtown LA underneath the I-10 caught fire and spread.

Caltrans District 7 said Sunday in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the freeway remains closed in both directions between the East LA interchange and Alameda Street until further notice and notified drivers to use public transit as an alternative.

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Sharla Steinman | City and Crime Editor
Steinman is the 2023-2024 city and crime editor. She was previously a city and crime contributor. She is also a fourth-year political science student.
Steinman is the 2023-2024 city and crime editor. She was previously a city and crime contributor. She is also a fourth-year political science student.
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