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Port of L.A. fire extinguished; crews begin demolition, repairs
Port of L.A. fire extinguished; crews begin demolition, repairs

The Port of Los Angeles fire that sent a thick plume of toxic smoke into the air Tuesday, forcing a nearby elementary school to evacuate, has been fully extinguished, officials said Wednesday. Crews will now begin the process of demolition and cleanup after the fire smoldered for more than a day in multiple layers of heavy pre-World War II timber soaked in dark, tar-like liquid creosote. The wharf fire was declared extinguished at 3:07 a.m. Wednesday after more than 32 hours of active firefighting, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Land and sea crews were to remain at the scene to mop up the smoldering remains of the fire. Also on Wednesday morning: clear skies --...

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