The blaze was first reported just after 2:30 p.m. in the 1400 block of North Alameda Street. Aerial footage from AIR7 HD showed an outdoor yard with tires, machinery and commercial rubbish on fire. Black smoke filled the skies.
Firefighters say loud noises were heard during the fire so a hazardous materials team was dispatched as a precaution. Firefighters later determined the sounds were tires exploding and not toxic materials.
The Los Angeles Fire Department, with help from county fire, deployed 88 firefighters, using ladder pipes and large hand lines to battle the flames.
By 3:30 p.m., firefighters appeared to have the flames well under control and down to smoldering debris. A knockdown was declared at 4:11 p.m.
The Los Angeles Police Department says officers with the Harbor Division later took a man into custody in connection with the start of the fire. His name and the potential charges he may face have not been released.