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Fire at Pacoima lumberyard prompts nearby Metrolink closure

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Thick flames raced through a lumberyard in Pacoima on Thursday evening, prompting fire officials to ask for the shutdown of a nearby Metrolink station.

The Los Angeles Fire Department got a call just before 8 p.m. and classified the blaze in the 11100 block of Sutter Avenue as a greater alarm fire, according to department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Although no injuries or evacuations have been reported, Humphrey said the “greater alarm” description was triggered because of the number of firefighters deployed to the blaze: 87.

The department asked Metrolink to stop the trains coming in and out of the Antelope Valley station, he said, because there were fire hoses crossing over the tracks.

After firefighters spent almost an hour working to extinguish the blaze -- the cause of which is still unknown -- Humphrey said only pockets of fire remain.

[For the Record 9:27 a.m. PST Jan. 3: An earlier version of this post mistakenly referred to Metro, the L.A. County transit agency, instead of Metrolink regarding service to the Antelope Valley station.]

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marisa.gerber@latimes.com 

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