Scrapyard Fire in Lincoln Heights Caused by Pickles and Peppers

By City News Service

A fire in a scrapyard that caused explosions heard throughout Lincoln Heights Tuesday may have been nothing more than pickles and peppers in brine stored in plastic barrels.

Firefighters were called to 1809 Hancock St. at ASAP Auto Wrecking at 8:03 p.m., said the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Brian Humphrey.

Humphrey initially said the fire was proving difficult to fight because there may have been exotic metals in the drums that reacted with the firefighters’ water.

The type of chemicals that caused the problem were not immediately known, but it took 97 firefighters 54 minutes to knock down the fire, Humphrey said.

Humphrey said a “sizeable’’ number of plastic barrels caught fire and smoke and explosive noise may have been created by a combination of water, plastic and brine.

Humphrey said it was not clear why the pickles and peppers were being stored at the wrecking yard.

No injuries were reported and no evacuations were required.

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