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Tanker truck catches fire near I-5 freeway in Los Angeles

A tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of fuel caught fire near Interstate 5 and it took 124 firefighters to knock down the flames.
A tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of fuel caught fire near Interstate 5 and it took 124 firefighters to knock down the flames.
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A tanker truck carrying thousands of gallons of fuel caught fire near a Los Angeles freeway and it took 124 firefighters to knock down the flames.

City fire spokesman Brian Humphrey says the tandem truck's rear trailer, carrying around 4,800 gallons of gasoline or another fuel, overturned and caught fire around 3:30 p.m. Friday at the bottom of an Interstate 5 onramp in East Los Angeles.

Humphrey says three nearby homes were threatened — and one of them received minor damage — but there were no evacuations or injuries.

Firefighters sprayed foam and water on the burning truck to knock down the stubborn flames and cool the tank so the remaining fuel could be transferred.

A nearby truck and a trash bin also caught fire.