June 16, 3:00 p.m. - A huge magnesium-fueled fire in a Maywood industrial park that began June 14 at 2:30 a.m. continues to keep Los Angeles County firefighters busy. As a result of the fire, which triggered multiple explosions, 300 residents were evacuated from their homes in the area.
Since June 14, the Red Cross Los Angeles Region has opened and operated a shelter for the displaced residents at the Maywood YMCA located at 4801 58th Street. The shelter provides a safe place to gather for information, food, water and emotional support. Nearly 200 evacuees have registered at the shelter.
The evening of June 15, more than 130 evacuees registered and 86 spent the night. Although allowed to return home, some residents returned to the overnight shelter because of the strong chemical odor. The Red Cross continues to assist some 40 evacuees and remains open as clean up continues through the next several days. The Red Cross has also provided canteen services to firefighters.
Odors from the commercial fire were being reported in downtown Los Angeles and as far as the San Fernando Valley, causing the South Coast Air Quality Management District to issue a smoke advisory. Thank you to the more than 60 Red Cross volunteers who are assisting our neighbors in Maywood during this stressful time.
Photos by Rudy Lopez.