A massive fire at a homeless encampment under a Los Angeles freeway has caused the indefinite closure of the 10 freeway, affecting traffic in the area.
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass stated that the closure will last for some time, and Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency to expedite repairs.
The process for reopening the freeway involves investigating the fire’s cause, mitigating hazardous materials, and conducting a detailed structural analysis. (Trending: Photos Released Of Cocaine Found In White House)
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“The incident, which closed westbound and eastbound lanes of the busy freeway between Alameda Street and Santa Fe Avenue, will significantly affect traffic in the area, officials said at a news conference Sunday, without offering a timetable for reopening,” noted the Los Angeles Times.
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass said, “Unfortunately, there is no reason to think that this is going to be over in a couple of days.”
“We will need to come together and all cooperate until the freeway is rebuilt.” (Trending: Court Hands Down Crucial 2nd Amendment Ruling)
The closure is expected to increase congestion on adjacent freeways.
The incident is reminiscent of a 2017 wildfire that started from a homeless encampment, causing significant damage.
“The fire that burned through one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country last week started as a cooking fire at a homeless encampment, according to an investigation by the Los Angeles Fire Department,” the Times noted at the time.
“Homeless people had been living in the neighborhood — Bel-Air, in northwest Los Angeles — making their encampment near an underpass of the 405 freeway along Sepulveda Boulevard for several years,” it added.
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