Firefighters Knock Down Blaze On 405 Freeway Near LAX

The transition road from the northbound 405 Freeway to the 105 Freeway reopened by 5:45 p.m.

By Christina Cocca
|  Thursday, Apr 24, 2014  |  Updated 3:56 AM PDT
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A fire burning along the side of a freeway interchange snarled traffic before being put out before 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Firefighters believe it may have been started by a flaming piece of debris. Whit Johnson reports from near Hawthorne for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Whit Johnson/Rodney Danson

A fire burning along the side of a freeway interchange snarled traffic before being put out before 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Firefighters believe it may have been started by a flaming piece of debris. Whit Johnson reports from near Hawthorne for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

Lanes reopened Wednesday evening after fire crews knocked down a blaze that erupted on the San Diego (405) Freeway, snarling rush hour traffic near the Los Angeles International Airport.

The fire was reported about 2:53 p.m. on the northbound 405 Freeway at the Century (105) Freeway), near LAX, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Flames reached the shoulder of the freeway, and viewers reported seeing flames close to cars as they drove by. Crews knocked down the grass fire by 3:35 p.m.

The firefight forced traffic to back up near LAX as officials closed the transition road from the northbound 405 Freeway to the 105 Freeway for at least two hours.

The interchange reopened by 5:45 p.m.

No flights were delayed as a result of the flames, and no one was injured.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear, but fire officials said it was likely related to debris thrown out of a car window.

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