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Acetylene bottle catches fire on top of crane at Port of L.A.

A bottle of acetylene caught fire on top of the control room of a crane at the Port of Los Angeles midday Saturday, the city Fire Department said.

There was no explosion and were no injuries, said Fire Department spokesman Shawn Lenske.

“We let the acetylene burn off,” he said. A pair of Fire Department boats and 47 firefighters were dispatched to fight the blaze.

The fire started around noon Saturday at Berth 100, north of the Vincent Thomas Bridge.

Acetylene is a gas used in welding.


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