Fire destroys southeast Phoenix emissions-testing station

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Fire crews from all over the Valley were called out to a huge fire at an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality vehicle-emissions testing facility in southeast Phoenix early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland Fire crews from all over the Valley were called out to a huge fire at an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality vehicle-emissions testing facility in southeast Phoenix early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland
Fire crews from all over the Valley were called out to a huge fire at an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality vehicle-emissions testing facility in southeast Phoenix early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland Fire crews from all over the Valley were called out to a huge fire at an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality vehicle-emissions testing facility in southeast Phoenix early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland
Fire crews from all over the Valley were called out to a huge fire at an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality vehicle-emissions testing facility in southeast Phoenix early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland Fire crews from all over the Valley were called out to a huge fire at an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality vehicle-emissions testing facility in southeast Phoenix early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland
Fire crews from all over the Valley were called out to a huge fire at an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality vehicle-emissions testing facility in southeast Phoenix early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland Fire crews from all over the Valley were called out to a huge fire at an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality vehicle-emissions testing facility in southeast Phoenix early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland
Fire crews from all over the Valley were called out to a huge fire at an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality vehicle-emissions testing facility in southeast Phoenix early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland Fire crews from all over the Valley were called out to a huge fire at an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality vehicle-emissions testing facility in southeast Phoenix early Thursday morning. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Fire crews from all over the Valley were called out to a huge fire at an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality vehicle-emissions testing facility in southeast Phoenix early Thursday morning.

The facility near 50th and Washington streets, which, with six bays, is one of the larger testing stations, is closed. The interior of the building was destroyed and a portion of the roof caved in.

A postal truck driver spotted flames shooting from the office area of the building at about 12:30 a.m.

The Phoenix Fire Department called in crews from Scottsdale and Tempe to back them up. About 50 firefighters were on the scene.

The flames quickly spread across the roof of the building.

Because roofing material was dropping down into the building, firefighters were not able to get inside right away so they had to go defensive.

The building was being re-roofed, and the project, which was going on while the station continued operations, was nearly complete.

The roofers reportedly left the site Wednesday afternoon. The facility then closed for the night at about 7:30 p.m.

Investigators are trying to determine if the roofing situation sparked the fire. They are also looking at the office area as the possible origin point of the fire.

No injuries were reported, but the facility, designated M06, will remain closed for the foreseeable future, likely the next several months.

For a list of other emissions-testing locations, visit www.MyAZCar.com.