Sep 23, 2014 2:55 PM

Los Angeles port fire prompts school evacuation

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) An elementary school has been evacuated as a precaution over concerns about air quality from a stubborn fire at the Port of Los Angeles that is sending up a huge plume of smoke.

Monica Carazo of the LA Unified School District says about 700 students and 30 faculty members at Wilmington's De La Torre Elementary School are being taken by bus to Olguin High School, on the campus of San Pedro High School.

She says the move comes after fire officials grew concerned when shifting winds sent smoke toward the school.

Earlier officials shut down all container terminals at the port as a precaution.

A welder's torched sparked the blaze Monday night. Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas says while the bulk of the fire is under control, it could take until afternoon or evening for crews to fully extinguish it.


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