Car fire on SB State Route 51 spawns huge backup

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PHOENIX -- A car fire on the southbound State Route 51 spawned a huge backup Tuesday morning.

Freeway recovering

It happened at about 7 a.m. between Thomas and McDowell roads.

All of the southbound lanes were closed while fire crews dealt with the flames.

Once the fire was out, the Department of Public Safety hauled the burnt car off the road to the side of the freeway.

The damage, however, was done traffic-wise.

It was slow-and-go from Northern Avenue south for about 30 minutes while the freeway recovered.