Tanks explode during fire at Phoenix welding supply business

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Tanks were exploding as firefighters arrived at a fire at a welding supply business in southwest Phoenix on Thursday.

Fire crews responded to the business located in an area near Lincoln Street and 40th Avenue late Thursday morning.

Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Capt. Mark Vanacore said tanks were exploding in an outside containment area when they got to the scene.

"The explosions could create projectiles," Vanacore said. "Those projectiles are very unpredictable. These houses here are pretty close so we wanted to ensure their safety and get this under control as soon as possible."

Crews got the fire under control within an hour and were able to keep the fire from spreading to other tanks.

Vanacore did not know if there were any workers at the facility at the time of the fire.

There are houses near the business, but no one had to be evacuated and there were no injuries.

"There was at least 30 explosions," said resident Mary Martinez. "My sister came and got us and told us to leave. So she grabbed me. I grabbed my mom and we left awhile."