Phoenix fire crews battling a 1st alarm junkyard fire

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Phoenix fire crews battle a massive junkyard fire near 31st Ave. and Broadway. (12 June 2017) [Source: 3TV/CBS5 news] Phoenix fire crews battle a massive junkyard fire near 31st Ave. and Broadway. (12 June 2017) [Source: 3TV/CBS5 news]
Massive 1st alarm junkyard fire near Broadway and 31st Avenues. (12 June 2017) [Source: 3TV/CBS5 News] Massive 1st alarm junkyard fire near Broadway and 31st Avenues. (12 June 2017) [Source: 3TV/CBS5 News]
Firefighters working on a junkyard fire in Phoenix Monday afternoon. (12 June 2017) [Source: 3TV/ CBS 5 News] Firefighters working on a junkyard fire in Phoenix Monday afternoon. (12 June 2017) [Source: 3TV/ CBS 5 News]
Phoenix firefighters working a junkyard fire Monday afternoon. (12 June 2017) [Source: 3TV/CBS5 News] Phoenix firefighters working a junkyard fire Monday afternoon. (12 June 2017) [Source: 3TV/CBS5 News]
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

A massive junkyard fire in south Phoenix kept firefighters busy Monday afternoon.

Phoenix Fire Department Spokesman Capt. Rob McDade said the fire was reported around 2:15 p.m. near Broadway Rd. and 31st Ave.

Several ladder trucks poured water onto the area in an effort to prevent the fire from spreading to nearby businesses.

McDade said the fire is burning within a large pile of debris at the junkyard. Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. 

Hazardous materials are a consideration to firefighters as they approach this fire because junkyards like this are known to store old car parts, dangerous tanks and containers that had previously contained highly flammable materials, said McDade.

McDade said over 55 firefighters are working in this fire. One firefighter, a firefighter recruit working his first fire assignment, became overheated and showed signs of heat exhaustion, said McDade. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and is reportedly doing well.  

Residents living in the area of the fire are asked to stay indoors until the smoke clears.

A fire watch crew is assigned to the scene to monitor the site for potential flame-up overnight.

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