One lane reopens on southbound 5 Freeway in City of Commerce after riverbed fire

One lane of the southbound 5 Freeway reopened in the City of Commerce on Tuesday morning, more than five hours after a fire broke out along a riverbed and snarled traffic on both sides of the busy roadway.

Three lanes remained closed around 6:45 a.m. and it was unclear when they would reopen, the California Highway Patrol said.

The northbound 5 Freeway was reopened just before 5 a.m.

Los Angeles County firefighters responded to the blaze near the Slauson Avenue exit just after 11:30 p.m. Monday, said Dispatch Supervisor Ray Dong.

A SigAlert was issued for the 5 Freeway at East Slauson shortly before midnight on Monday, according to the CHP.

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UPDATE

6:47 a.m.: This story has been updated with one southbound lane reopening.

The first version of this story was published at 6:22 a.m.

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