About 1 acre charred in blaze at tree-trimming business in Phoenix

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PHOENIX - A building involved in a massive blaze is intact, but a lot of land is blackened near Interstate 17 and Jomax Friday evening.

A fire broke out at a tree-trimming business. Phoenix officials say the brush fire burned about 1.5 acres Friday and there is hardly any smoke left as crews continue to mop up the scene.

The fire started just before 2:30 p.m. when officials say a man was dumping a load of trees and vegetation at a green landfill just north of 1-17 and Jomax. 3TV heard from a woman who works on site that the man's engine blew, starting the fire.

3TV is also told there are 20 companies or more who dump at that location, with all of the trees and stumps eventually being turned into mulch.

The driver was able to get out of the truck with no injuries. Firefighters say there were a few structures threatened to the north of this fire but there were plenty of crews ready to help.

Capt. Scott McDonald tells 3TV, “It’s going to burn for a while. We're going to utilize some heavy equipment to move the mulch around, we're using tankers. We have limited hydrants back there so water is definitely an issue.”
Capt. McDonald also told me a chopper was requested to help drop water but there was an issue because of the heavy winds.