Recycling plant fire sends plumes of smoke into the air

Recycling plant fire in west Phoenix are expected keep smoldering for hours as crews work to put out any hot spots.
Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 10:25 AM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A recycling plant fire near 29th Avenue and south of Van Buren is created a ton of smoke across the Phoenix skies Monday morning.

About 50 firefighters responded to the fire according to Phoenix Fire Captain Scott Douglas. He confirmed that the fire went to a second alarm fire and crews utilized the master streams from their ladder trucks to assist in putting out the fire. It has mostly been contained. Crews also use these other use machines to help move big chunks of burning debris to allow the streams to get in there more successfully. Once the fire is completely out, they will keep moving the debris pile around to make sure there aren’t any hot spots and make sure it’s fully contained. After it is out, Douglas says crews will continue to put water over the areas to make sure it doesn’t extend.

Douglas says the high winds across the Valley have “fueled the fire to some extent but luckily it is not too hot today.” He says when it gets into the 115 degrees and when it gets warmer, these kinds of fires can get more difficult to contain.

No injuries to civilians or firefighters have been reported.

PHOTO GALLERY: Recycling Plant Fire