Industrial fire burning in Lincoln Heights [updated]

Photo by Owen Gerst/Flickr

Photo by Owen Gerst/Flickr

LINCOLN HEIGHTS — Firefighters tonight are trying to extinguish a large blaze that broke out in a Lincoln Heights scrapyard, according to preliminary reports from the L.A. Fire Department.  The fire was burning through the yard filled with 55-gallon drums containing “possible exotic metals” in the 1800 block of Hancock Street near Lincoln Park.

* Update @ 9;04 P.M.: LAFD said the fire was knocked down after nearly an hour. No injuries were reported from the fire that burned through what is now described as an auto scrap yard and an adjacent business with a large number of  plastic barrels that contained pickles – not exotic metals.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Dramatic photos of the blaze have been popping up on Twitter:

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