First-alarm fire breaks out at Phoenix junkyard


by Christina O'Haver

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 12:21 PM

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix firefighters battled a first-alarm fire at a junkyard Sunday morning.

Fire crews were called to GW Metal Recycling near Broadway Road and 17th Avenue around 5:30 a.m.

The fire was burning car parts, scrap metal and tires, sending black plumes of smoke into the air.

"Tires are difficult to put out and can burn for quite some time," said Phoenix Fire Capt. Mark Vanacore.

Crews responded quickly and doused the blaze with water from all directions, preventing the flames from spreading to additional scrap piles and structures, Vanacore said.

A representative with the recycling business was on scene, so fire crews did not have to spend time cutting through locked gates.

The cause is under investigation.

Broadway Road was closed between Seventh and 19th avenues but has reopened.