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Firefighters Battle Blaze at Port of Los Angeles

Image: Los Angeles firefighters watch as smoke from a dock fire continues to rise at the Port of Los Angeles
Los Angeles firefighters watch as smoke from a dock fire continues to rise at the Port of Los Angeles on Sept 23, 2014. Nick Ut / AP

The twin ports that handle 40 percent of America's import trade were mostly back in business Tuesday night after an old wooden wharf caught fire.

The last of the 14 container terminals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is expected to be reopened on Wednesday morning. Fireboats spraying water and foam worked with scuba divers and firefighters ashore to contain the bulk of the fire, which was sparked by a welding accident.

Image: Foam swirls in the harbor as firefighters douse a smouldering dock fire that broke out on Monday evening and burned about 150 feet (45 meters) of a wharf area at the Port of Los Angeles
Foam swirls in the harbor as firefighters douse a smouldering dock fire that broke out on Monday evening and burned a wharf area at the Port of Los Angeles, Sept. 23, 2014. LUCY NICHOLSON / Reuters

— The Associated Press