Massive 6-alarm fire burns near 35th Avenue and Buckeye Road in Phoenix | Arizona News

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PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – More than 150 firefighters are at the location of a six alarm fire in Phoenix, in which five commercial buildings and several recycling yards are involved, said the Phoenix fire department.

The massive fire northwest of 35th Avenue and Buckeye Road began early Saturday afternoon, sending a thick, dark cloud of smoke into the air. That smoke was visible for miles and prompted dozens of 3TV and CBS 5 viewers to call the Arizona family newsroom.

The Phoenix Fire Department escalated the call several times, which meant more firefighters and engines were deployed.

The Phoenix Fire Department said a massive fire near 35th Avenue and Buckeye Road affected “five commercial buildings and several recycling yards.”

A video from the Phoenix Fire Department (above) showed flames spewing through the roof of a building. Another angle showed flames in the thick smoke.

When the Phoenix Fire Department first tweeted from the crime scene asking people to avoid the area, the fire was a second alarm call. More and more local units asked for help. As an hour passed, the call had reached a sixth alarm.

Fighting a fire this size is difficult, especially on extremely hot days like this one. The forecast high is 107 degrees. Crews need to be changed regularly to make sure they don’t suffer from heat-related illnesses, which can become fatal very quickly.

How the fire broke out is still unclear at this point in time.

Firefighters are currently battling a 2nd Alarm Recycling Yard Fire near 35th Avenue & Lincoln. Please avoid the area.

– Phoenix Fire Dept. (@PHXFire) June 5, 2021

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