PHOENIX – At least 70 firefighters are battling a large fire near the junction of Interstate 10 and Interstate 17 in Phoenix.
The fire is at Breecher Sales, a plumbing supply and welding company. Two employees were welding when the fire broke out, according to the Phoenix Fire Department. One of them suffered minor burns.
The fire has consumed three structures.
Neighboring businesses have been evacuated.
Fire crews have the area surrounded and are applying large volumes of water. There are a lot of warehouses and some homes in the area.
The second-alarm fire initially came out as a hazmat call at around noon Thursday. Phoenix fire Capt. Jonathan Jacobs said there are multiple materials involved in this fire, including stored compressed gases, flammable metals and structures.
There were several explosions during the fire.
A representative from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is headed to the scene to monitor air quality.
I-10 westbound is shut down at Seventh Avenue. Drivers should avoid westbound McDowell Road from Seventh Avenue. Police officers have restricted McDowell to I-10 on 19th Avenue.
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Phoenix fire: Two employees welding at Beecher Sales when fire broke out. One employee suffered minor burns. Fire consumed 3 structures.— Kristine Harrington (@KHarrington3TV) February 20, 2014
Officers from @phoenixpolice have restricted McDowell from 15th Ave to 23rd ave and McDowell to I-10 on 19th Ave. avoid area.— Steve Martos (@SgtMartos) February 20, 2014
Huge fire near rail yard in downtown phoenix near the state Capitol pic.twitter.com/foQoHvhfAI— Dennis Welch (@dennis_welch) February 20, 2014