Van fire snarls Boyle Heights traffic

Photo by C.J. Salgado

By C.J. Salgado

Boyle Heights traffic was snarled this afternoon near Lorena Street and Whittier Boulevard as motorists and pedestrians maneuvered around a van that burst into flame and  spouted thick black smoke. The van caught fire at about noon  as it waited to turn into a gas station at the intersection of Lorena and Whittier. The driver was able to get out with only minor injury. The van, however, was a total loss, despite a quick response by L.A. City Fire Department.

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