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All lanes of southbound 5 Freeway in City of Commerce reopen after fire

All lanes of southbound 5 Freeway in City of Commerce reopen after fire
Three lanes of the southbound 5 Freeway remained closed in the City of Commerce on Wednesday, more than day after a fire broke out along a riverbed and snarled traffic on both sides of the busy roadway. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

All lanes of the southbound 5 Freeway in the City of Commerce were reopened Wednesday afternoon, nearly two days after a fire broke out along a riverbed, snarling traffic on both sides of the busy roadway.

A homeless encampment caught fire Monday about 11:30 p.m. near Slauson Avenue, the California Department of Transportation said. Los Angeles County firefighters responded to the blaze,  Dispatch Supervisor Ray Dong said.

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A SigAlert was issued for the 5 Freeway at East Slauson shortly before midnight on Monday, the California Highway Patrol said. Photos of the fire revealed damage underneath part of the freeway.

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

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