Huge fire guts West Phoenix furniture storePosted: Updated:
Investigators look for cause
Stubborn flames continue to flare up at furniture store - Dozens of firefighters were called out to an early morning two-alarm fire at a West Phoenix furniture store Thursday.
PHOENIX -- Dozens of firefighters were called out to an early morning two-alarm fire at a West Phoenix furniture store Thursday. Two people living in a trailer behind the store escaped safely.
It happened at The Quality Furnniture Store at 27th Avenue and Indian School Road shortly before 3:30 a.m. Massive flames lit up the early morning sky and smoke could be seen for miles.
Because of the intensity of the flames, fire crews weren't able to spend much time inside the store early on. They quickly went defensive and called out additional crews.
Four ladder crews were on the scene all morning, dealing with subborn flames that continued to flare up. Things were finally dying down nearly five hours after crews arrived.
Firefighters said the contents of the store provided quite a bit of fuel for the fire, causing flames to spread throughout the building quickly.
Aerial video showed smoke pouring off the building that housed the store and warehouse, creating a thick haze that was hovering over a good portion of the Valley. Winds out of the west were spreading that smoke haze ever further.
While the fire destroyed the furniture store, fire crews were able to keep the massives flames from spreading to an adjacent thrift store.
Tawni Williams who lived in a trailer on the property said she got five of her dogs out safely, but two puppies were killed.
Other than those puppies, no injuries were reported.
While it's not yet clear what sparked the fire, it's believed that it started in a warehouse in the back. Investigators will go in later this morning and try to determine what happened.
Firefighters will stay on scene for several hours to mop up hot spots and keep an eye on things.
Indian School Road was closed between 27 and 31st avenues. Commuters were being advised to use Thomas or Camelback roads as alternates. The Indian School off ramps from Interstate 17 were also closed. Those closures were expected to remain in place for several hours.