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Fire causes closures on I-5 near Downtown San Diego

Posted at 5:00 PM, Dec 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-29 20:05:47-05

DOWNTOWN (CNS) - Authorities shut down lanes of Interstate 5 in Downtown San Diego as firefighters battled a small fire that broke out in palm trees near San Diego City College's campus, just west of the freeway Saturday afternoon.

The fire was first reported at 3:44 p.m., according to a California Highway Patrol incident log.

The CHP closed the right two lanes of southbound I-5, leaving only the left two lanes open. Ramps onto I-5 were also closed in the area, including the ramps from C Street and Pershing Drive to southbound I-5, according to San Diego police Officer Robert Heims. Firefighters had the fire knocked down by about 4 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Lanes on I-5 were going to be closed for at least an hour while firefighters worked to clean up the fire, the CHP log said.