BALDWIN PARK — A large fire gutted a warehouse, four cargo containers, two nearby sheds and a truck Saturday afternoon, causing more than $200,000 worth of damage, officials said.
The fire was first reported a 2:28 p.m. at the metal-clad, 50-foot by 150-foot warehouse on Garvey Avenue, between Bess Avenue and Athol Street, Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatch supervisor Clyde Taylor said.
The fire grew to a “second alarm” before firefighters extinguished the flames about 40 minutes later, she said.
The blaze ignited in the warehouse, which was largely empty except for about 10 55-gallon drums containing motor oil and transmission fluid, fire Capt. Gerald Gonzales said. The vacant warehouse formerly served as an auto repair shop.
The value of the destroyed warehouse was estimated at about $100,000, the captain said.
The fire also spread to a stack of four nearby cargo containers and consumed about $75,000 worth of merchandise, Gonzales said. The containers themselves were valued at about $40,000.
A $10,000 Bess Avenue storage building containing about $15,000 worth of items and a bobtail truck parked on the property also burned, he said, as well as a residential shed full of tools.
The barrels of auto fluids prompted officials to prepare for a hazardous materials incident, however the barrels did not catch fire and no significant contamination occurred, officials said.
No injuries were reported.
West Covina Fire Department firefighters helped their counterparts in the Los Angeles County Fire Department with the blaze.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.